Skipping super-smart students by a year or more is making a comeback in Ohio, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.
“People have been trying to determine for years whether accelerating a student is academically, socially and emotionally harmful,” (Miami University Professor Tom) Southern said. “There’s been no documented harm, academically. Kids who are accelerated tend to operate at the head of their new placement. There’s also no documentation that shows harm, socially and emotionally.”
In fact, Southern said, research shows that kids who are accelerated do much better, academically, in terms of achievement.
It’s a lot cheaper to skip little Albert a few grades than to create a special program for gifted students.
“For very bright kids, the notion that peer has to mean age peer is not the case,” (parent Tara) Smith said. “Their intellectual peers are going to be older. They may have one group that’s great for playing with, but it’s not the group they need to be with to learn.”
My daughter’s half-sister is taking two college classes this year, while also taking eighth-grade classes. One of her professors said her mid-term was the best he’d read in his years of teaching. Another told her not to worry about her future career. “You’re one of us,” he said. Next year, she’ll attend college full-time. It works for her.