Driven by newly documented slumps in learning, by crime rates and by high dropout rates in high school, educators across New York and the nation are struggling to rethink middle school and how best to teach adolescents at a transitional juncture of self-discovery and hormonal change.
The difficulty of educating this age group is felt even in many wealthy suburban school districts. But it is particularly intense in cities, where the problems that are compounded in middle school are more acute to begin with and where the search for solutions is most urgent.
I've been nominally planning to pull my kids out of school once they hit middle school. Their elementary school is safe and adequately educational. The things I hear about middle school make me cringe. And of course, my memory of middle school is fright-inducing itself.
Parents of teens, do you recommend this change? And what about putting them back in public schools in High School? Our district has many opportunities for High Schoolers.
H/T Ann Althouse