Acceleration, commonly known as skipping classes, is an academic intervention in which parents decide to graduate the child up to two grades. The acceleration rate varies from child to child. In some cases, teachers suggest that the genius of the child is such that grades skipped can be more than one. The whole idea behind the process is that the mental level of the child match that of the grade or curriculum taught.
The most important thing to note here and understand is that acceleration is not meant to put any kind of pressure on the child or push them in a situation that they are unable to handle.
If the child is not happy with acceleration or is unable to cope with the stress, then there is no point for acceleration. This is why it is must that full acceptance and willingness of the child be involved when thinking of acceleration. Yes, it is healthy for a child who shows above average intelligence but ensuring that the child be ready to adopt that change is must for its success.
According to the supporters of acceleration, it allows children to use their full potential. Children who are challenged to difficult tasks or are tested beyond their years discover roots of intelligence deep within and are able to use high abilities for all activities. They find out that they are more capable than normal school let them be.
But are there any benefits for accelerating a child, and if yes what are they? Here are some for your consideration.
Children Avoid being the Odd One Out
Children who are smarter than others their age need acceleration. Why? Because in lower grades they are the odd ones out. They feel mature beyond their years and are misfits because no one else is able to go to their level of understanding and comprehension. This is the reason why skipping grades helps them to become a part of community that is of the same caliber as them.
Lower Drop Out Rates
With acceleration, it has been noticed that children simply do not have the time to become bored. Since the tasks set to them challenge their mental capacity, they do not feel like their time is being wasted or that nothing challenges them to work hard. They are constantly kept on their toes which is exactly the whole point of acceleration, to keep the child happily busy.
Higher Success Rates of Individuals
With acceleration, children who have genius mental abilities, are more prone to success when they become adults, no matter what fields they decide to choose. This again is because they are not only able to graduate faster, but also get the chance to experiment with various subjects to decide what suits them best.
All in all, acceleration allows children who are comparatively more intelligent to their age group to work with more challenging curriculum. This enables them to significantly improve their mental abilities and prowess. The more it is made easy to the masses, the more chances of better qualified children who are active and efficient citizens of the community.