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So far, this all brings to mind a conversation I had many years ago in the playground. There was some unseemly competitiveness around reading levels of various 4/5 year olds. In one (dominant) camp were the ‘why isn’t the teacher pushing, stretching my child? They have been stuck on level 11 for weeks!’ Continual improvement, ascending the reading tree, staying ahead of others…
..the other camp were the ‘once you can read, you can read, there are no medals’ brigade. It was lonely. It mattered more, I proposed, that the whole class could read something, so they could all move on at the same rate next year; that quality of teaching in a class where all could access the written aspects of curriculum would allow more time for the teacher to ‘teach’. SO yes I’d rather the teacher spent time sweeping along those who were almost there, than devoting time to the front runners. Who cares how far ahead that group are…its keeping others from falling behind which will ultimately impact the class progress.
SO where are we as a society? What state is our ‘health literacy’ in? And where does this fit with intelligent kindness?