Sunday, July 13, 2008

Should We Let Kids Graduate High School Early?

Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts is proposing that students who demonstrate mastery of the necessary skills.

"We’re moving to a mastery-based system, where you move not by banking seat-time, but by virtue of your mastery of the skills and knowledge needed for the next phase of your education," the official said.

"Some children are ready to move on to a higher level, deeper challenges earlier than others. We should have a vehicle for them," the official said

Read the entire article here. I'd heard Heidi Hayes Jacobs talk about this, but it all seemed rather fantastic and not terribly realistic. And yet here it is.

I find the idea really interesting. Having taught high school seniors for a number of years and about to teach them again), I've often wondered if we keep the kids in secondary education longer than we should. I don't know how this experiment will turn out, but I think it'll be interesting to watch.

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