Are Multi-Age Classrooms the Future of Education?

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There is increasing support for ending the grade retention and social promotion system currently in place.  And as more critiques of the current school system begin to arise, solutions and alternatives are beginning to appear as well.  One of the proposed replacements for the current K-12 system is the multi-age classroom.

According to Matthew Lynch at The Edvocate, multi-age classrooms would replace a failing graded education model with a system that benefits students both academically and socially.

Multi-age classrooms allow younger students to interact with more mature students and learn at their own pace.  More advanced, hard-working students could move up faster while students who needed more time to learn and advance could work at a slower pace.

Socially, students would be able to work on behavioral development more effectively as they interact with peers of different ages.  Students could focus more of their school day on intellectual development.

Lynch says that in order to change the system into the multi-age system, it will require significant parent and teacher support.  It would require a new training program for teachers and administrators, but could benefit students in the long-run.

Story via The Edvocate

Ingrid Schmidt