Whatever happened to Junior High Schools (grades 7 and 8)? Why is the educrat-tional establishment all in for Middle School instead (defined these days as grades 6-8?) The main result of this would seem to be turning the worst two years of kids’ lives into the worst three years of their lives.
Sixth graders should be in elementary school, not exposed to the social and romantic/sexual issues of the Junior High set. A preliminary search of the peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed internets suggests that there’s no demonstrable advantage to the Middle School model. (Any of you with particular expertise in this–please weigh in!)
But my perspective now is simply, why extend the misery over three years?