This is a question that I had after my new school hosted an assembly for the ‘academically more able’.
Throughout my time at school I have always been separated because of the grades I am able to achieve in exams. I have been placed physically away from people who attain different grades and emotionally due to programmes like this that segregate those who exceed in school and those who do not.
When I heard this assembly I was genuinely amazed. Those in year ten to thirteen were all sat there watching a PowerPoint that explained that we are more likely to achieve better grades than our peers, that we are more able than them and that’s why we were called to this specific assembly and they were not.
I understand different classes for different levels as that gives teachers the opportunity to support people to the degree that they need, but creating an actual divide between us where the majority are left to sit in our form rooms, whilst the rest are placed into a room where they are told inspirational quotes to encourage them.
We do not need to develop a divide between students simply down to their academic achievements. Everybody is different and everybody has their own amazing abilities which our education system does not always encourage. We are going to be the adults of tomorrow, we are going to share society, but how is it a good idea to teach people from the youngest age that they are different because they cannot read as well, or they can do better than their peers. It sets out our future as selfish and divided rather than the interconnected world our country needs to live in to succeed. I believe that dividing people by academic performance is beneficial to a degree, but the extent that some schools go to to differentiate the two is not okay.
What are your thoughts? Do you believe that by dividing those who can perform academically to different levels is beneficial for them and the future of our generation, or that dividing people like this is bad for our future society?