This week I saw a very inspiring talk of Sir Ken Robinson on TED online, about creativity and motivating talented children in education. He said something that made me just about applaud to my computer screen:
Why is there this assumption that the most important things kids have in common is how old they are? It's like the most important thing about them is the date of manufacture! (as opposed to interests, skills, attitudes...)
Raising gifted children has made me conclude quite a few years ago that the structural 'age thinking' in our educational system is not doing these children a big favor. That the classification of developmental stages by age groups is often too narrowly defined... I realize my kids may well be 'extreme exceptions', and there are other kids that are exceptions on the other end of the spectrum, otherwise 'the average' wouldn't be where it was. But even when we discuss acceleration here on the board, we are influenced by this age thinking... Sir Ken Robinson just pointed out so eloquently to me how arbitrary categorization by age actually is...
What are your thoughts on this? Do you believe 12 yr olds should remain with 12 yr olds as much as possible because that's the best match there is, if not academically than at least socially? Or do you think a 10 yr old could have much more in common with a 13 yr old and it's only society/school that keeps their worlds so unnaturally seperated?