We Are Biased
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The problem with selection or "tracking" in schools is this. We are biased whether we admit it or not. A recent experiment involving psychology students and preservice teachers in Switzerland demonstrates that when given the opportunity to place students, we tend to rate students of higher socio-economic status higher than those who come from less privileged families:
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A former principal in the elementary school my children attend is now touring the country championing equity in education. One of his recent posts on Facebook is shown below:
The question is whether there is a difference between labeling students according to the abilities they have or labeling them according to the skills we think with which they need support. My fear is that our bias still holds whenever we group students. It is a sad reality.