Yet all over the world, a similar change is imposed at around the same age, around 11 or 12 years of age, as a child moves from primary school to secondary education or a high school. While this may simply mean visiting different floors or corridors with the same building, often it means abruptly saying goodbye to the schooling you knew, and being thrust into a new building, new uniform and a new life. The style of teaching changes, and the number of teachers changes.
In your opinion...
- Why do you think this separation of ages has arisen, and what are the benefits and disadvantages?
- Should transition be a graduated process, rather than a abrupt cliff edge, and what might that look like in practice?
- In your opinion, what are the main differences in teaching and techniques between primary and secondary education, and why have these come about?
- How much of the differences seen at primary and secondary stem from traditions, and how much stems from the practicalities of teacher students of a particular age?