Imagine a bright kid leaving primary school, (grades 1 – 6) attending a junior high (or middle school) which has special classes for especially bright kids.
Unfortunately, instead of keeping the bright kids away from the dunce, the ‘mingle’ is enforced. Hence, although the classes are defined; 7.1 to 7.3 [dunce] 7.4 to 7.9 [average] 7.10 to 7.13 [bright] 7.14 – 7.16 [very bright], they pass in the hallways, mixed classes go to gym together, the grade goes to auditorium together, and has mixed lunch hours together.
The bright kids carry ‘luggage’; that is a lot of books and materials. The dunce kids have a spiral notebook and maybe one book.
The bright kids have two hours of homework a night; in history; “Was America’s War of Independence more of a Civil war?” discuss. In Math; “read chapter 4 and answers all questions” and in English, “memorise a soliloquy and be prepared to recite.”
The dunce kids have history; “Read chapter one and answer questions 1,2 and 3” in Math; “solve problem one” and in English; ‘read chapter one’.
Now bright kids are bright. Some may have no life so that they don’t know there is a street in front of their house. But some have interests.
How long does it take a bright kid to appreciate that if s/he can get tossed in dunce or average class, they would cut their homework to being completed during the lunch break and have a whole lot of life when they go home?