YES! I don’t envy the storm that these moms are going to be facing, but this is ON POINT.
“As with integrating students of different races and economic backgrounds, mixing students with different academic abilities can benefit all….
One meta-analysis of four decades of research showed that academic mixing had positive effects for struggling students — and no effect, positive or negative, for average and high-achieving students.
Other studies have found more advantages.
One study of a Long Island high school found that graduation rates among all students shot up when the district stopped using different academic “tracks” with separate curricula for high- and low-performing students. Instead, all students were taught under a program that was previously only taught to top students.”
Oh the tracking and gifted story. Talk about fraught!! But for real, check this out for link to the research that says that being in an academically mixed classroom won’t actually ruin your child’s life!
And I wish this book wasn’t $100 or we would read it for the book club… but this:
Roda, Allison (2015) Inequality in Gifted and Talented Programs:Parental Choices about Status, School Opportunity, and Second-Generation Segregation