dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #929

Margaret Ball margaret at onr.com
Tue Dec 14 19:04:02 EST 2004

JOdel at aol.com wrote:

>> So okay, here in America we pretend that we don't sort anybody and we 
>> shove all kids through a 12-year academic curriculum aimed at 
>> preparing them for college.
> We do? Not in my day. (Note: I'm one of the groups token old-farts.) 

Not in my day, either, and I bet I'm an older fart than you.  But I've 
just finished getting two kids of vastly different temperaments and 
abilities through a one-size-fits-all school system, and that's what it 
looks like from where I stand.  The older kid, who is neither interested 
in nor equipped to handle a four-year college education, had to take 
exactly the same courses as the younger one, who breezed through high 
school in three years and piled up a few college credits on the side 
just to alleviate boredom.

Maybe there are better and more flexible school systems elsewhere in the 
country. I sure hope so.

Margaret Ball

Mathematicians are like Frenchmen; whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different.


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