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Grouping by grade levels in school can facilitate subject matter and skill-driven curriculum centered on textbooks. Child centered programs focus on nurturing the potential of each child (Anderson, 1987). If schools are to offer all students equity and excellence, they must view all students as worthy and capable of learning. These three goals for educational programs can promote equity and excellence: (1) Students must be challenged to learn as much as they are capable of learning. (2) The personal-social development of students is an integral part of the program. Academic achievement must never be at the cost of personal development. Students should learn in ways that make them feel better about themselves and their capacity to learn and to interact successfully with others in the learning environment. (3) The school program should nurture a sense of school community, so children can identify with their school learning experiences (George, 1992).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Jeanne McLain Harms


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