Sorry for the awful attempt at humor in the title.
I'm a little bugged by a buzz that's going through my school right now, centering on our math classes.
As I'm sure in many schools, in a single math class, there are extremely wide disparities in student performance, ability, grasp of concepts, etc. More proficient students are complaining when the pace is too slow, and less proficient students shut down when faced with things they can't handle. To that end, there is talk of grouping students based on math ability. Proponents of this idea say that it will allow the students to be taught at an ability-appropriate level.
My fear is that this will turn into full blown tracking.
Any thoughts, suggestions, alternatives?