We have two gaps in our educational system… One we work hard at and one we ignore–to our detriment.
The one that we work hard at is the gap between the lowest performing students and the middle (making AYP under the No Child Left Behind Act). Let’s say, the bottom 50% of achievement. The one we ignore is the gap between students who already have grade level skills and the top students–gifted, talented, etc. That is, closing the gap of potential–how do we focus on getting, let’s say, the top 50% to achieve to their potential.
Here is an important and timely debate on this issue.
The question debated is, are we short changing or even ignoring the top students? In my view we are. To our detriment as a nation. In fact, I think we are on a suicide mission–when we compare how we educate our top students with other advanced countries.
Thank you for this timely piece. Your thoughts?