The story about a first grader falling fate to two 14-year old Red Hook bullies at P.S. 27 has been circling the airwaves. We all know kids can be mean -- trust me, I know -- but who ties masking tape around a poor little boy like a mummy and then threatens to toss him down the stairs?
This news has ignited a debate about whether or not children in such different age groups should be allowed to go to school in the same facility. For Red Hook families, there doesn't appear to be much of a choice, but overall it's a bad idea in my opinion. The article notes that only six of the city's public schools run from kindergarten through 12th grades, not including charter schools.
I went to Montessori school, a method of teaching that allows mixed age groups and focuses on "adapting the child's learning environment to his developmental level, and of the role of physical activity in absorbing academic concepts and practical skills." However, this learning environment is usually limited to pre-school and elementary grade levels.
What do you think?