Classrooms and schools should be segregated
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Our public education system has evolved to be "one size fits all." Children of all aptitudes are taught together, at a level and pace suitable to the lowest performing students. Personal attention often goes to students who are educationally, skillfully, behaviorally and/or mentally challenged. Although there is some segregation at the extreme top and bottom, our best and brightest are generally left to fend for themselves while the needy are attended to. Societies ills are often manifested in the classroom. We cannot segregate low performers because patterns in race may be revealed. We cannot segregate mentally or behaviorally challenged students because in the eyes of the law, this is not equal access. We cannot remove continually disruptive children because they are assigned a medical acronym. In other words, sometimes when segregate a group of kids who have similar educational needs, a picture appears. Sometimes that picture may be politically incorrect and so we tuck that idea back into the hole in which it hides.
We need to change the structure of schools by creating classrooms made up of students of similar educational and learning needs. If there are students who struggle with English as a second language, let's provide classrooms where curriculum and staff will serve them. If we have students who are ADHD, let's place them in smaller group classrooms with teachers who are adept at addressing their needs. Let's take students who struggle in Math and place them in a classroom with a teacher and curriculum that suits them. This is not to suggest that an entire school be segregated, it just means we should be able to use this strategy as a tool to address some of the problems in education without fear of retribution. Of course, it goes without saying that we must ensure protection from prejudice and illegal profiling.Until the educational system and society in general admits that students are not all equal in intellect, capability, motivation, etc., and that teaching to kids based on a mutual need is acceptable, we will continue to fail.
"We need to change the structure of schools by creating classrooms made up of students of similar educational and learning needs. If there are students who struggle with English as a second language, let's provide classrooms where curriculum and staff will serve them," there are already many programs and curriculums that are in many schools around the world.
"Let's take students who struggle in Math and place them in a classroom with a teacher and curriculum that suits them." I've personally experienced, from many other students, calling me an idiot, even a retard, for not being at the same level of math as others. By segregating students, by academic level and grades, we will label them. Students are already labeled for being in a certain math class that shows that they struggle in math. Same with Science.
"Personal attention often goes to students who are educationally, skillfully, behaviorally and/or mentally challenged. Although there is some segregation at the extreme top and bottom, our best and brightest are generally left to fend for themselves while the needy are attended to." When you say this, you're saying that the people who are failing and need help should be left behind, and only help the students, who are obviously able to handle themselves in the classroom. You're blaming the people who need help, and are asking for it, and working to graduate, and putting all the blame on them. Also teachers cannot focus on every student, they are busy grading and preparing classes and lessons. Focusing on where students are falling in the lessons are difficult when you're in charge of over 100 different students. And students can be suffering from mental disorders, like ADD, ADHD that makes it difficult for a student to pay attention in class. There's also depression that heavily effects a student's mindset and work ethic. External sources, that causes depression, that are legitimate, that effects students in negative ways.
We shouldn't be segregating students, making them feel alone, harming their self image, and by wanting to leave behind these students that need help, in order to help the students who are already succeeding is moronic. This won't help. Even by giving them specialists to help them, there are outside programs like AVID and Khan Academy that can help students, and have been brought into schools for the students.
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" We shouldn't be segregating students, making them feel alone, harming their self image," I would like to bring up Jane Elliot's famous brown/ blue eyes prejudice experiment. It's a good read, and I highly recommend it.
I'll leave a link here,
Elliot's Experiment on racism was set in her own classroom, with her young students as the test subjects. She wanted to see how her students would respond if she separated the class by eye colour. She told her class that people (students) with blue eyes were smarter, and better in many other ways, than people (students) with brown eyes. They were then treated better, and told them not to play with each other. Soon after, students, with blue eyes, began harassing students with brown eyes. Eventually, the class was divided.
What happened in the experiment, can happen again if we segregate students, by academic level. There'll be two types of main students: 'Smart' and 'Stupid'. Students who are already academically superior, will gain a superior personality to the 'stupid' students' . More resources ,and time, will be spent on students who understand what they're doing, while leaving the students who are falling behind, to fail. They'll lose interest in school, seeing themselves as stupid.
We already have special classes for students with autism in many schools. Students K-8 saw these students as weird, abnormal, we didn't want them to be around us. We also thought they shouldn't even be here. The 'stupid' students will be treated this way.
I want to look at this again,"Let's take students who struggle in Math and place them in a classroom with a teacher and curriculum that suits them," this is already in High School and Middle School. Being in a lower class than others already make students feel pressured and more stupid than others, 'being in the idiot's class'.
This proposed system is flawed, it makes students, who are failing, be left behind. What's important is the student. We already have systems like AVID and IB in schools that help students to get in college with different academic levels. Replacing the current one with the proposed system will not do anything. It can cause actual academic segregation and a decrease in Student's work ethic and mindeset, preventing the IB mindset.
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