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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: I'm glad to see a lot of positive feedback for this question. I'd like to now suggest looking at it from a different angle: In the development of a new born there is a vital time in which he/she needs to learn how to crawl. If the child is moved directly from sitting to standing to walking, they will not be given the opportunity to fully develop those particular motor skills. Do you think this might transfer to education? If a student shows the ability to move on, should we allow them to at their own pace, even if it means that some of the social skills that come with it may not be fully developed (i.e. ability to collaborate, a basic understanding of ethics, etc.)?

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