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User Info There Is A Sickness That Haunts The Western World; entered at 2022-07-31 09:17:49
Posts: 645
Registered: 2019-01-27 Redneck Riviera, aka Lower Alabama

Kolya02 wrote..
Who else out there born in the late 70s and early 80s had these "gifted" schools and busing "solutions" in their childhoods?

I was born in 1961. When I reached 7th grade the school had just begun the 'new' self-teaching method for math. All the instruction for 7th and 8th grade math was done via self-paced lessons. Each student got the lesson material, read through it, then completed a multiple choice quiz. If you passed the quiz you moved on to the next lesson. The teacher was available to help if students got 'stuck' on any particular point.

Well, math has always been reasonably easy for me. I completed both 7th and 8th grade math before the 7th grade term was done. Several others completed both years' material as well. (this would be the early 70s)

When our class progressed to 8th grade, those of us who completed both years of math were moved into the 9th grade math class (algebra). Each year we took the math class one year ahead of our grade (trigonometry, pre-calculus). As seniors, we were allowed to take calculus classes at the junior college across town.

It was a good system. Minimal overhead for the school as no special classes were required. We didn't earn any 'Gifted' degree, but we learned the material and it served me well in college. Having been through two semesters of calculus, I could breeze through my freshman calculus class material and that gave me extra time to spend on less familiar classes in my engineering curriculum (chemistry in particular).

The entire concept of "Gifted" classes seemed odd to me. A lot of overhead work to support the approach of different classes, when you could get roughly the same result simply by selectively promoting students to the next years' material. (this is where the younger folk tell me "OK Boomer")

Lots of effort seems to be spent on emphasizing the labels rather than delivering better skills, IMHO.

2022-07-31 09:17:49