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Joel Westheimer on scrapping middle school

Joel-Westheimer-306-306.jpgIs there a case for scrapping middle school?
A couple of recent studies have suggested that middle school students perform worse in math and English than their counterparts in K-8 schools.
But many parents like the idea of middle schools --- especially if it means not sending 12 year olds to school with kids who can drive.
So how to know which school system is best? 
Our education columnist Joel Westheimer walked us through the pros and cons.


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