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  •  social-emotional development/intelligence (3+ / 0-)

    is as central to learning and school success as intelligence in content and learning skills.

    The various kinds of intelligence do not develop at the same rate. A young child can be a whiz at math, but not have enough self-control or self-confidence to be successful in a class of older students with whom she is competitive in the subject matter.

    Rich learning environments, lots of practical and hands on experiences of different kinds that connect school work with the student's world, experiences that make use of multiple intelligences, and so forth - make for good education. Very little of that can be captured on multiple choice tests or rigid standards.

    There are models all over the world - there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Try Sweden for comprehensive curricula, The Netherlands for math, Italy for comprehensive high school exams, and so forth...

    "There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." - President Obama

    by fhcec on Mon May 16, 2011 at 11:20:46 PM PDT

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    •  I don't disagree with what you're saying here-- (1+ / 0-)
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      but with what you're possibly implying but don't state. Are you saying that advancing grades based on ability rather than age would hurt kids' social development? If so, why? What's so essential about kids being with only kids the exact same age as them? Real life doesn't work that way. Kids benefit socially by interacting with both older and younger kids-- they learn from watching the older ones, and they learn to empathize with younger ones. Anyone who's taken care of neighbors' or friends' kids along with theirs, or has more than one kid, knows this.

      "We can have concentrated wealth in the hands of a few or we can have democracy, but we can't have both."-- Justice Louis Brandeis

      by ubertar on Tue May 17, 2011 at 05:13:54 AM PDT

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