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Carol Bainbridge

Madison Schools and Gifted Children

By May 5, 2011

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We've heard a lot in the last months about teachers in Wisconsin, but not much about they are teaching or what the schools do to meet the needs of their students.  But maybe it's just me. Maybe I was just focusing on the wrong issues.

According to an article on Channel3000.com, "The state of Wisconsin said the Madison Metropolitan School District needs to change course in how it educates its top students."  Apparently,  the schools aren't doing enough to identify gifted kids and are failing to provide appropriate programming for them.

Thanks to protests by parents and students, the district was unable to change its high school curriculum. They are currently using what is called "embedded honors," which is just the high school version of heterogeneous grouping done in elementary schools. Back in August of 2008, Madison United for Academic Excellence wrote a letter to the superintendent expressing their concerns about this kind of move away from any kind of ability grouping.

What do you think about ability grouping?
May 10, 2011 at 10:32 am
(1) Anonymous says:

Ability grouping? Absolutely essential for the gifted. (Or, if workable, grade skipping.) “Heterogeneous grouping”? That’s a fancy word for doing nothing.

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