Should students be grouped by their academic ability? I share my thoughts in this model Task 2 essay…

Some people believe that schools should group their pupils according to academic ability.  Others believe students should be grouped together regardless of academic ability.  Write an essay supporting one side of this debate.

The classmates a student interacts with on a day-to-day basis make up an important part of their academic experience.  Many believe that a pupil’s learning is enhanced when students of varying academic skill surround them.  However, I argue that a student benefits most through regular interaction with students of similar intellectual potential.  This will be shown by looking at how such an arrangement both poses healthy challenges to students and refrains from holding students back in their academic pursuits.

Firstly, by grouping students based intellectual strength, a classroom can provide an environment that engages young people at a level equal to their ability.  Take language learning as an example.  If a highly skilled language student is placed in the same classroom as a beginner, the class atmosphere is beneficial to neither.  Further, it would be impossible for the teacher of this class to provide challenging material that caters to both student levels.  Thus, the merits of classroom groupings based on skill level can be seen.

Secondly, intellectually superior students placed with less capable students may be held back in their studies.  For example, Canadian public school systems do not categorize students based on their strengths, instead favouring to amalgamate all pupils into one collective class.  Under such an arrangement it unfortunately becomes all too common for gifted students to be held back in their studies as their classmates struggle to understand basic concepts.  As this example shows, arranging students by intelligence should be supported.

Following this look at class structure, it can be concluded that education systems that discriminate between strong and weak students are beneficial to pupils as a whole.  I hope these sorts of classroom arrangements return to popularity in the years to come.


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3 Responses to Should students be grouped by their academic ability? I share my thoughts in this model Task 2 essay…

  1. Chigozie Onuzulike says:

    Wow, this is a great essay and well structured.

    I don’t believe that students should be grouped according to their academic ability because nobody knows it all. Grouping students of varying academic ability is not completely with out mishaps but has a lot of benefits both to the intellectually superior students and and the less capable students as would be discussed in details below.

    First, when you keep students of different learning capacity together, there’s exchange of views,ideas and knowledge of different courses been offered. A student may have an excellent knowledge in the field of calculations and arithmetic but could be behind in biology and physical education. When such one is grouped with other students that are vast in it, he would improve his skills in the same subject. Hence nobody is perfect in all fields.

    Secondly, when there is a mixed multitude in same class together, it inspires and motivates the academic dullards to work harder and harder to meet up with their contemporaries.They may be abused and mocked by their classmates and at times their teachers too. The reasonable ones sees it as a challenge and tend to improve on them selves academically, when they do so, almost always comes out a high flier. For example, Prof. Ben Carson, a renowned Neurosurgeon at John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland is famous today and turned out to be one of the best if not the best neurosurgeon in the wide world today through this process.

    When an academically successful pupil stays in the same class with the less successful ones, they tend to mix-up together easily and becomes friend. This is because through constant interactions, vital knowledge and information is passed on. This equally helps the the greater to successfully teach the fellow students in a most conducive and friendly manner since students learns better and faster amongst themselves.Again, teaching someone something you already learned helps one to retain the information more and with the joy that follows when after teaching someone and the persons improves academically, there is no doubt that mixed learning remains the best option to study.

  2. jax says:

    do u remember the handing of the passage they asked on 8th October ??
    (Academic passage)

  3. jax says:

    i mean heading

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