What do you think?
I’ve long wished that my daughter’s school would divide children up by ability rather than by age, to something a bit more progressive in levels. She’s way ahead in math and reading comprehension, a teeny bit ahead in science, way ahead in reading comprehension, sadly a little behind in spelling, and on par with social studies. I think putting her among students with the same ability levels would be good for her.
Yesterday, a new study came out that says this sort of separation is actually damaging to students. I see the data, and yet I find it so hard to believe. Just like the studies that come out saying that girls don’t do better in same-sex environments. It goes contrary to how I viewed my own primary education, and to what I think would be best for my daughter.
Here’s the Guardian:
Thousands of UK primary schools are locking their pupils into a cycle of disadvantage by separating them into ability groups, a major international study has warned.
Beatriz Pont, an education analyst and one of the authors of the OECD’s study, said streaming by ability at an early age “fuelled a vicious cycle” in which teachers had low expectations of students in the lowest sets. These students were often “locked into a lower educational environment before they had a chance to develop … their potential,” she said.
I would have thought underperforming children would have benefited from an approach where they weren’t lost and confused and overwhelmed.