Saturday, December 12, 2009

British Schools Don't Challenge Top Students Because They Don't Want to Promote Elitism

British schools are failing their smartest students, by dumbing them down, and refusing to give them more challenging assignments.

An Ofsted study that was released this week said as many as 75% of the state schools are not pushing their brightest students, because the teachers are afraid they are promoting "elitism."

An article in the London Daily Mail said that "(m)any teachers are not convinced of the importance of providing more challenging tasks for their gifted and talented pupils."

It's gotten so bad, said the report, that some some students have been forced to ask for more challenging assignments, and other students resented being forced to mentor weaker students.

The report studied 26 schools, and said the gifted students were not considered a priority by teachers or administrators. Teachers were afraid that by focusing on the brightest pupils, instead of the average ones would "undermine the school's efforts to improve the attainment and progress of all other groups of pupils."

In other words, the needs of the mediocre outweigh the needs of the advanced.

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