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If we didn't educate students in "batches", how would their social development differ?

If we stopped educating students in "batches" (a reference from Sir Ken Robinson's "Changing Education Paradigms" TED talk), how would their sociological development change? Rather than classifying them by "date of manufacture" what if we organized them according to learning styles and abilities depending on the subject, how would that affect them socially in comparison to students currently? Would students be embarrassed to be in a class with younger and/or older peers? Would the differences in level of maturity and range of social skills make learning in this kind of model more difficult? Would this system help students to be more open with their peers, no matter their age? Would it also help reduce agism in the education system and possibly the world? Ultimately, would it be a worth while investment to experiment with this model on a larger scale?

Additional questions, answers, opinions or any other sort of comments are welcome! I'm a Canadian high school student who is curious about education and I would appreciate anything you have to offer on the topic.

Cheers, Jake Frackson

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    Aug 27 2012: idealism is lovely but here are the three real issues that need to be sorted in education before there is space for a renaissance:

    1. cost - it's got to be cheap, sorry, we don't like spending money (even tax dollars) if there's no financial return.
    2. politics - for most political parties, education is just leverage to get votes/money.
    3. commerce - schools are a dependable market so we are starting to see a lot of companies targeting schools and either getting parents to buy their products in order to 'be in to win' some sports gear or else the govt funding is just being funneled straight into IT company coffers in order to pay for the huge expense of digital tech/comms.

    Get those three big elephants down to size and maybe we could approach education from an idealistic/altruistic angle..
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      Aug 27 2012: Valid point, to make it even possible for a mixed age model to be used these points would have to be addressed. However, for the purpose of experimentation, philanthropy still exists.

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