What's the big deal? There have been one room schoolhouses for years in rural areas. K-12. Those kids turned out just fine. My community has already combined middle school students with high school students. There has been no disruption in education from this combination. With proper supervision, this change is AOK.
Hmmm...6-12 graders in the same school. I don't think it'll make the middle schoolers any more sexually precocious, but I do figure that the kids who wake up and smoke pot will start a bit earlier. It'll be the same damn kids, mind you, not new potheads, but just getting a bit of an earlier start.
i went to a 7-12 school. it meant that the middle school aged kids were less monstrous, because they were at the bottom of the social barrel trying to live up to the seniors. my memory is that older kids either ignored the younger ones or were tolerant of them. much less bullying than middle schools, and dating someone too young was not socially acceptable. once the administration sets the tone, it will be fine.
Parents are freaking out because the school district has done little or no public process and is presenting it like a done deal. Many of us in the hood are also concerned about turning the Denny site into locked sports fields instead of a mix of uses that would help the neighborhood instead of visiting ballplayers.
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