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<< Hi Reatha, I agree about the challenges, but the problem is that when
you throw honors kids in regular classes they are able to do really
well without working--they outshine the regular students and get
their A-s without being pressed. I personally believe in honors
classes because I hate the idea of consistent mediocrity and someone
has to run this country. >>
You misunderstand. I am in favor of upgrading the entire curriculum. The
honors classes that I have witnessed so far and those that my daughter was
enrolled in have been no more than reading some things a little early and more
paperwork than the "regular" classes. What I am proposing is that the real
honors challenge level be considered as regular and add some significant
problem solving. Problem solving seems to be the main ingredient that most
programs lack. Then create some really challenging, problem solving based
curriculum for the honors level learners. I think that we tend to under
estimate our students. I would be completely bored in most of the classes that
I hear described. Honors and all.
I particularly detest the idea of consistent mediocrity being acceptable for
ANY of our students. As far as who is running this country, I would venture a
guess that there are far more "average" or right brained individuals who just
didn't happen to test well involved than one might think.
See you in DC