Teaching students beyond their grade level in private schools of Telangana state in India: challenges and benefits
The practice of teaching students topics well in advance of their grade level has become popular in Telangana State, India. Most state private schools teach their students one to two grades in advance to their enrolled grade level. This can be seen from Grades 6 through 9. During my 18 year teaching career, I was involved in this teaching practice for one year at a private school, in Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana State. The purpose of this paper was to analyze the arguments which support and oppose this practice by surveying the school’s Grade 8 and 9 students, their parents, teachers, and principal. The challenges and benefits of teaching advanced concept curriculum were examined in this study.