You have mentioned a real flaw in our "old" (and still, sometimes, our newer) approach to education.<quoted text>You are correct. Thanks for the enlightening. Lazy me for not looking it up.
On the 6th grade information. I have a brother who was removed from school during his in 6th grade year and placed to work in a laundry at a home for the aged by our parents and school administrators.. His learning disability "Dyslexia." back then Dyslexia was vertually unheard of. Basically the learning handicap was not formally addressed in educational psychology field. My parents conceeded to let the school label my brother as mentally slow there fore placing him in classes for mental retarded. He proceeded to have a very strong dislike for school and education. No one would listen to what he had to say. He became angery and frustrated. The year was 1962. While all his siblings graduated high school and most of us later went on to college he worked in foudries, factories and hard menial labor attempting to read the newspaper and teach himself. Being married and having a relationship with his child was a struggle. His marriage lasted 10years. In his 30's he was diagnosised with Dyslexia he is now in his 50's and from his early 40's has he began the process of education and plans someday to recieve his GED. My wish for him it could be a High School Diploma as he truly was victim of his enviroment and society. But none the less I am virtually and literally proud of my brother and his life achievements.
I have crossed pathes with a number of folks over the years who were treated in similar ways and ruined, including a brother-in-law. Strides have been made in diagnosis but because educational funding is often not a hign priority, a lot of kids get missed. this, of course, is not the same as the whole social promotion business. If you want a real shock, look at the numbers of students entering colleges and universities who are deficient in math, English, or both, yet have diplomas (and often good grades from) thousands of high schools all over the country.