This thread is for any and all thoughts, concerns, gripes about Advanced Learning.
I'm doing this in hopes that people at both ends of the "spectrum" will QUIT highjacking other threads with their opinions/gripes about Advanced Learning.
And FYI, Advanced Learning is NOT the major issue in our capacity management problems. You are welcome to ask anyone at district headquarters working on capacity management that question.
(I will also ask that unless you have definite proof - an e-mail from
Bob Vaughan or other district official saying that most of the kids in
APP got there through private testing, then ONLY state that as your
opinion. That claim is often made here and yet, where's the proof? If
you don't have it, then don't say it. )
I am not personally interested in the discussion over whether some people don't like that some kids are in separate classrooms/schools.
It's not that I don't believe you are entitled to your opinion/beliefs. You are.
What I don't like is the attitude that everyone should be in one classroom....because everyone should be in one classroom. Life is full of sorting and we all know that.
I always find it interesting that we celebrate achievements in sports and arts and accept that some children - either with abilities they were born with and/or trained for - really do well. But the minute you say a child has academic abilities beyond the average, well, you are elitist and treating your kid like a hothouse flower.
Of course, all children have something to learn from other children. But that's not really the point of school. The point is to help every child learn to the best of his or her abilities.
What it comes down to is what we all want - our child's academic needs met. Not anyone getting "more" than anyone else but also not the attitude that because a child can do well easily with academics that "they'll be okay" so why should we worry about them? Everyone wants their child to get the most push and rigor and enrichment to excel. And everyone has the right to want and expect it.
Note I haven't said "treat" anyone differently. Teachers shouldn't. They should teach differently depending on the student. They should be given training and resources and support to differentiate their teaching and curriculum.
However, until that day comes where our district has a coherent Advanced Learning program that has rigor/enrichment that is accessible to EVERY child who wants it and teachers have that training/support to give that rigor/enrichment in EVERY classroom, then we need a separate program.