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    to begin with

    but of greater importance, children develop at different rates.  Some children who are considered lagging middle elementary grades are simply developmentally behind.

    That then raises a question not of whether or not they should be promoted, but whether the underlying problem is actually our insistence on moving children through a variety of subjects in cohorts when they develop at different rates for different subjects.

    Some behind in reading are ahead in math, and similarly the other way.   That is not accounted for with the gross statistics you cite.

    Further, a good chunk of those behind catch up, but others fall behind, even though they were on level on 4th grade.  Why?  

    And even for those legitimately behind, how much of that is directly due to the kinds of programs we have been pushing at a national level?  In the case of reading, we spent millions on Reading First when in fact there was no data to support its purported success.  Eventually even the Department of Education had to agree with what a Congressional investigation clearly showed.

    It helps to understand how statistics are obtained, and in what context, before attributing too much weight to them.

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 11:52:39 AM PDT

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