ST. PAUL, Minn. - If you argue that school is too easy, you might get an argument from youngsters on summer vacation. However, a new federal study indicates that matriculation might need a course correction.
"I think the first thing is to acknowledge that it is a problem and an issue," commented Joe Nathan of the Center for School Change in St. Paul. "It does not surprise me."
Nathan was not surprised that the three-year analysis of students' answers to questionnaires by the U.S. Department of Education indicated that 37 percent of 4th graders think their math classes are too easy, while 57 percent of 8th graders regarded history as too easy. The study was reported in Tuesday's edition of USA Today.
"I think that many schools are working very hard to reach all students but I think that the emerging technology that we have - computers and other emerging technology - really help us to do a better job of reaching these youngsters," said Nathan.
Nathan said students can "be taught different kinds of things even though they are in the same classroom."
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