Monday, June 10, 2013

Pastor Jacob Birch and Educational Streaming

File it under the heading... what goes around comes around... i graduated from Chatham-Kent Secondary School - having also studied at the "old" Saltfleet High School - in a "streamed" educational environment: Advanced, General and Basic. Terrible but accurate monikers which produced what Mike Stafford of AM640 affectionately lampoons as "the greatest generation". That kind of streaming has never really gone away... just the names have been changed to protect the... underachieving? socially disadvantaged? You pick.

What i didn't realize was that for the whole of my elementary education i was streamed as well. My children however have grown up in "integrated" classrooms where teachers have been expected to "differentiate" the curriculum for as many as 5 or 6 different levels per 30 kids.

Now it seems after 20 years that streaming is back!