The question is not necessarily about TAG or TAG students at risk. Schools typically are teaching organizations, focused on answers. Most schools employ knowledge memorization and lower-level thinking skills that have students research and organize information, only to regurgitate, reiterate, and restate known answers. Essentially one can call these elements ?The Three Rs.? Teachers typically control the questions, the answers to which are prescribed by the adopted curriculum. Students are then tested, using state and district standardized tests, to assess student ?progress and achievement.? Successful schools, on the other hand, are learning organizations which target multiple intelligences, and employ (student-driven) multi-level questioning strategies, metacognition, and workflow organization that focus on and value student interests.
Concerning school restructuring, students are not at-risk, their situation is! The problem is that much time and effort is expended to ?fix the kid.? School administrators and teachers spend an inordinate amount of time meeting with parents, specialists, and students, focusing on students, instead of their situations. Successful schools focus on transforming the situation for students. If schools continue to focus on fixing the student, the odds increase daily that students--including our most talented and gifted--will become disenchanted and withdraw from the educational system.
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