Today, I'd like to talk about students being placed in classes below their actual capabilities. And what better place to do that than here on Brilliant.org, a website with some of the smartest kids from around the world. This problem, unlike most, only applies to the top 1% or so of students.
Since schools were first made, there have been many accommodations made for those who struggle in their classes. Tutors, extra help sessions, dropping classes to easier ones, or even creating an easier class are just few of the many solutions that have been made for the academically challenged. Unfortunately, for many of the academically gifted, there are few if not 0 ways to accelerate into the correct classes for them.
Problems associated with not being able to accelerate include but are not limited to: learning nothing, boredom, low homework scores, high test scores that wreck the curve for everyone else, and death.
Ok maybe not so much the last one but you get my point.
My solution to this would be to have a standardized test for every subject, kind of like the AP tests but for non-AP subjects. If a student passed this test with a 5 (same grading scale as AP tests) then he should be able to skip the class.
So I want to know what you guys think about this topic of students being placed in classes below their abilities and what you think of my solution to this (although I highly doubt it will be implemented).