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ERIC Number: ED360754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Tyranny of Age.
Start, K. B.
This paper challenges the belief that the only way the Australian educational system can work is by grouping students by chronological age. Chronological age developed over time as the benchmark for school readiness, despite readiness problems created by individual differences among students of the same age. The organization of the classroom, school, and educational system homogenizes children to the perceived age of the class and to the achievement floor expected of that age. Classroom variability is then reduced by structuring curriculum and schedules and by excluding atypical children through special education. A new educational system is needed to better fit the environment of sentient literacy, numeracy, and basic knowledge which exists in today's society. The removal of age-grouping should be one element of that new system. The impact of this on the education of able children includes the need for a new concept of "peer group" and the elimination of charges of "elitism" as every student's individual differences are recognized. The paper concludes that loosening of the paralyzing grip of age on educational thinking will require reappraisal of teaching methods, classroom and school organization, educational theories and administration, teacher education, and political and social belief systems. (Contains 21 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia