Excellent post and a good blog to visit if you are concerned about quality education in this country.
“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.”
This quote by Margaret Mead is the foundation upon which my views as an educator were built; it is the lens (or bias) through which I will attempt to answer (as succinctly as possible) this deceivingly complex question.
Like an onion, the expression ‘average student’ consists of many layers of interpretation beyond the statistic of mean, median and mode especially when it comes to assessing the marvelous elasticity and growth potential of the human brain.
For example, who would be the average student and the below average student in these examples?
John wrote down the following in his notebook:
10+7=17, 9+6=15, 11+5=16, 8+11=19;
While Leanne wrote…
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