Sahamamama Posted May 25, 2009 Share Posted May 25, 2009 (edited) ... about "junior high" -- is it necessary or is it redundant (the way it's traditionally done in public schools), and what's the point? Are these middle grades (6th, 7th, 8th) just "warehousing" years for students? My sister's two sons are almost 12 and almost 14 -- summer birthday boys -- and are finishing up 6th and 8th grades next month. They struggled with school this year more than usual, although the 6th grader did have what was considered a "good year" (for him). But he kept saying he was bored. The 8th grader started out his school years at the top of his class, but seemed to go downhill when he was half-way through 6th grade. So we were wondering: Are there any former/current middle school teachers out there who could shed some light on this stage? Does the curriculum really cover new material, or do students begin to feel like, "Oh, this again?" Is the material too challenging? Is the material NOT challenging enough? We thought that children this age want and need to see the Big Picture -- the layout -- of what they are learning and will be expected to learn for a few years in a row. And they want to know WHY it's important to learn it. Public schools rarely do this, but instead have students simply "take classes" -- without understanding how it all fits together into the larger whole of learning. We also wondered about acceleration in these years -- if a graduating 5th grader is strong in basic subjects, is the content of 6th & 7th redundant? What gets covered in a PS in these years that could be skipped without losing anything except the boredom? I know I've read something somewhere ;) about 6th & 7th grades (and 8th to some extent) being "wasted" years, academically, but I can't find the links now, of course. :001_smile: Edited May 25, 2009 by Sahamamama Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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