One of my flight instructors had been a high school English teacher. “Scott, how could you quit an $80,000/year union job to become an $8/hour flight instructor?” I asked. He explained that it was too painful to watch students being failed by the system of locking a class together for an entire school year. “A student falls behind a little bit in French I. Now the lectures are over his head so he gets a C for the year. The next year he is promoted to French II. Everything is way over his head, so his time in the class is a complete waste and he gets an F.” How should it have been organized? He thought that students should be reevaluated and reshuffled every 4-8 weeks, as they are at many adult language schools, so that a student was always in a class appropriate to his or her level.
Now it appears that one school district in Colorado has adopted his idea… story.