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April 09, 2005

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So the awkward transition time isn't just pushed forward to 9th grade? Granted, kids are slightly more mature at 14 than 12, but is the difference really that significant?

In Ecuador, the schools are split evenly, 1-6 elementary, and 7-12 high.

Rick: it'd be 11 and 14, and i think it makes a big difference.

I think this is a great idea, instead of making two huge transitions (from elementary to middle & from middle to high school) it allows kids to have just one transition after given the opportunity to mature into "the big kids" in a school where 8th grade is the top grade. they might be in charge, occaisionally, in a protective or mentoring mode to 1st & 2nd graders which brings out maturity in kids that might otherwise be disasters.

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