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View Poll Results: Should students be ID-ed by their grades?
Yes 8 32.00%
No 16 64.00%
Other 1 4.00%
Voters: 25. You may not vote on this poll

Old 10-09-2011, 05:29 AM
Location: Whoville....
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Originally Posted by formercalifornian View Post
I'd like to understand the purpose of this experiment. What did school administrators hope to accomplish? Were they successful?
I would too. Grouping is one thing. Making them wear shirts to identify which group they belong to is quite another.
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:27 PM
Location: California
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Originally Posted by maciesmom View Post
Also from the article, if people haven't actually read it:

If this doesn't give one pause, I just don't know what to think.
I would really like to follow the career of that principal. I'm sure he is making his way out the door.
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Old 10-10-2011, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by MrRational View Post
Absolutely. The question is how it is done and to what end.

Of course.
But there should also be "special privileges" available for the less academically inclined.

They'll get over it.

But in the absence of meaningful alternative (non academic) tracks available for the lower performing or other motivated... there is very little to be gained by making a show of pointing them out.
What special privileges? Would this give students more incentive to do well or to do poorly?

I agree completely with your last point. (I am not sure if non academic tracks exist for the schools interviewed). Either non academic tracks or remedial courses for the students who tested "less than proficient" would help more than simply showing their academic standing.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:01 AM
Location: Wyoming
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Horrible idea! Athletes are only honored only if they participate in school athletics, which involves hundreds of hours of their time before and after the school day, and the same is true with musicians, debate teams, etc. This branding based on how well they do with tests is just a bad, bad idea.
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