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Matthew Fende September 27, 2007 Tracking Tracking is the system of classifying students and dividing them in separate classes according to their intelligence levels and abilities and some students by their willingness to learn. Naturally, as with every other process in existence, there are those who are for and those whom are against student tracking and both bring their own good points to the table. Those for tracking say it is impossible to expect everyone to learn at the same level and speed; basically everyone learns differently. If everyone were in the same class, the more intellectually gifted students would become bored, yet the slower students would still have trouble keeping up. This creates the problem of not letting the brighter students reach their full intellectual potential, and not being able to help the slower students learn what they need to learn. Those who are against tracking say that it is not fair and impairs equal opportunity for education. Also in Jeannie Oakes’s
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Unformatted text preview: Keeping Track she found that “race more than ability determined which students were placed in which tracks, and that lower-tracked students had fewer learning opportunities.” (Sadker p178) In my own education I was in first track through most of my years. Fifth through eighth grade I was in an advanced math class and in high school was in first track and took some advanced placement (AP) classes. Personally I loved being tracked. In some general classes in high school students from all the tracks were mixed because the classes were a requirement for all to graduate (art/computer/health classes). I found myself falling asleep because of the content of what was being taught; just going over and over and over the material. But in the first track and AP courses it was much better paced for my level of learning and I found myself better challenged. Overall I was glad I was tracked into a higher level because it suited my pace of learning and satisfied my appetite for learning....
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