Good Idea? 9
Maybe Revolutionarily brilliant! (1) 11%
Pretty good, I think it'll help (5) 56%
Might work, not sure (0) 0%
I think it'll cause more problems than it'll solve (3) 33%
This would be disastrous (0) 0%
I'm interested in what you guys as parents (and I believe there are a few teachers out there) think about this idea. I'm thinking about writing to my MP, maybe the Eduaction Secretary and her shadow to find out what they think. I think I remember seeing a news report about something similar being tried out in the UK but I can't remember enough details to find it on the internet:
A Different Approach to School
It's basically about ability grouping, which is nothing new in itself. But it goes beyond most of what I can find on the internet in that, rather than ability grouping within year groups, I think it would help if ability grouping replaced year groups.
I'm thinking there should be maybe three chances a year for students to move on to the next level, with the pupil and teacher deciding between them whether or not the pupil is ready to move on. The teacher, I suppose, would have final veto on the pupil moving up and equally the pupil would, if he/she didn't feel ready would be allowed to decide to stay put.
I think education should be far more modular even at a relatively early stage to accommodate this kind of organisation. If a pupil shows little ability in the more academic subjects they should be allowed to emphasize the more practical ones.
There would of course be entry requirements for all but the fundamental courses (by definition of 'fundamental').
The reasoning behind this whole thing is that I see little value in basically labelling kids, on a range from idiot to genius, at 16 when they finish compulsory education. It makes much more sense that education should remain compulsory only until the student has achieved the ability to make a contribution to society. Be that before, on, or after the current school leaving age.