This in response to the July 8th response... Thank you for proving the point regarding elitism. And please note that nothing was mentioned about social class. Furthermore, you may be of the opinion that ITI is too rudimentary for older students, but the entire program proclaims ITI, including the middle school. It is one of their selling points; thus, for it not to be provided by most of the ms program is important to note. Yes, traditional learning does work for some, again linguistic and auditory learners. Interestingly, education has moved toward the belief in instruction for ALL types of learners, including through college.
In response to the June 16, 2013 post: I don't think it's a terrible thing to transition the ms students from ITI to a more traditional method as this will prepare the students for high school and college. The ITI is a wonderful way for students in elementary grades (eK-6) to learn in terms of grasping concepts and applying these skills in various subjects; however, I believe it's not necessarily a bad thing to move away from ITI as the student becomes older and should learn to compartmentalize, as required beyond elementary/middle school. With regards to the class warfare comment, it would be easy to jump to the conclusion of unequal treatment of the students based on social status because it's low-hanging fruit; however, parental involvement is a serious matter and if those so-called "have not" students are perceived as being treated unfairly, maybe there's a correlation between parent under-involvement and student treatment. No school or district is perfect and there's no such thing as a "one-size-fits-all" education. For most LdV parents, this school provides an opportunity that wouldn't be attained in many of the student's neighboorhood schools.