Published Online: October 4, 2000
Middle Grades: Feeling the Squeeze
Table of Contents
Link: In today's standards-driven environment, the middle
grades are under pressure to produce and ill-equipped to deliver.
Includes a resource
Education: Trained for the elementary or high school grades,
middle school teachers often lack knowledge about subject matter and
young adolescents. Includes Adrift at the Top.
Opportunities: In their attempts to make learning relevant to
students, many middle schools have created shallow, fragmented, and
unchallenging curricula. Includes Brain Power.
Four Successful Middle Schools: Four middle schools have made
great strides in meeting the social, phychological, and academic needs
of their students. Includes:
Forces: With all the changes adolescents go through and the
distractions they encounter, school often is the last thing on their
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