Schools are in a difficult situation in which children are returning with differences in their academic level because of the disparate progress of their education during the pandemic.

How concerned should we be about this, and how should we respond?

We should recognize that it's normal for there to be developmental differences in children. The educational system in most countries recognizes this and makes provision for it starting in about the fourth grade. Typically, the path of learning is split into “primary” and “secondary.”

In the primary track, pupils are aided with practical tools to reach the required level of comprehension, whereas in the secondary track, pupils are taught using a more theoretical approach. The two tracks are taught in different locations to avoid the possibility of antagonism or rivalry between them.

Those in the primary track aren't regarded as less intelligent. It's understood that their learning needs are different. The practical tools and applications of learning are integrated into their learning process. This prepares them for apprenticeships and an advanced technical education.

An outstanding example of someone who had a “primary” education was Albert Einstein.

Can we adopt a strategy like this in our schools?

Willi Luthy




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(5) comments

Jose' Boix

Having had the good fortune to have been in different countries, I agree with the quoted statemen: The educational system in most countries recognizes this and makes provision for it starting in about the fourth grade. Typically, the path of learning is split into “primary” and “secondary.”

The key difference is that this great Country has a different social and cultural make that most - if not all "other countries" often used to compare with the "our" educational process and structure. The first step in educating our students begin at home. Just my thoughts.

Gary Miller

I think Chicago might be a good definition of failure. Chicago public schools spend an average of $29,000 per student per year. The private school average in Chicago spends $12,000. The educational value of private schools is twice the value of the more costly public schools. Proving if you pay more for failure you will get failure. School choice with funding following students would save Chicago taxpayers $17,000 per student.

Gary Miller

My wife is German. She attended public German schools until ninth grade. Got an education equivelent to US Full K -12 and two years of City school according to tests by her first banking employer. Retired as manager of Houston's biggest Credit Union.

Jose' Boix

We continue to offer comparisons with educational systems that are structured and received by culturally different populations. And, when adding the private and parochial school environment voids whole argument as a possible "fix" for our "public" education system. Yes, I can attest to such "foreign" systems as one who was educated in the private Catholic schools - they do work exceptionally well. Discipline was not a word within the vocabulary of that school; adding that there was respect for authority and teachers. Just my thoughts.

Ted Gillis

Trying to fit your square peg into a round hole again Gary

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