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    Filed at 8:58 pm under by dcobranchi

    stolen from homeschooling?

    A Florida school district is experimenting with multi-age classrooms. Gee, whodathunk a single teacher could handle kids of different ages?

    As a bonus, we get this awful sounding quote:

    “A child is going to develop at different rates,” she said. “This allows more for the development of the child itself, rather than forcing it to fit into a particular mold.”

    I know why the teacher said this. It She didn’t want to use either the masculine or feminine pronoun. Using “it,” though, is not the solution.

    5 Responses to “A GOOD IDEA”


    Comment by
    Chris
    September 11th, 2004
    at 9:21 am

    This isn’t exactly a new idea. I was in a multi-age program in 3rd grade. 3rd – 5th grade were mixed together.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    September 11th, 2004
    at 10:28 am

    Me, too. 1st & 2nd and 3rd & 4th.


    Comment by
    Rikki
    September 11th, 2004
    at 3:18 pm

    I attended kindergarten in a tiny town. K, 1st, and 2nd were one class. 3rd and 4th were one class. 5th and 6th were one class. 7th-12th were in a shared teacher pool, a science teacher would teach science for 6 different grades a day etc.
    When we moved here to DFW in 1981, I had my first ever experience with multiple classes in the same grade. At that time, there were an average of 3 classes for each grade level. When my oldest child started 1st grade, there were SEVEN classes for first grade alone.
    When we pulled them from the local school and worked on getting a charter approved, we allowed teachers for the first three years to stick with the same group of students for consecutive years. That was probably the best two years of education in a public setting my children have ever had. After those two years, they went back to copying public schools, and thus now i’m homeschooling.


    Comment by
    Rikki
    September 11th, 2004
    at 3:22 pm

    Oh, and I didn’t fully exlain my three year to two transition. Not a single teacher at the charter stayed longer than two years.


    Comment by
    sharon
    September 13th, 2004
    at 10:11 am

    “It” was the usual pronoun used for the referent “child” through the beginning of the twentieth century (and I believe a little longer in Britain).