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    ... become a tracked ...

    Hi, Could anyone explain to me what is the meaning of this expression in this context?

    "Lynam and Henry noted that cognitive deficits might promote antisocial behavior if children with low IQs misunderstand rules, find it too difficult to negotiate conflict with words, find school frustrating, or become tracked with antisocial peers."

    A lot of thanks in advance.

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    Re: ... become a tracked ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramon 10 View Post
    Hi, Could anyone explain to me what is the meaning of this expression in this context?

    "Lynam and Henry noted that cognitive deficits might promote antisocial behavior if children with low IQs misunderstand rules, find it too difficult to negotiate conflict with words, find school frustrating, or become tracked with antisocial peers."

    A lot of thanks in advance.

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    Ramon,


    If this quotation concerns American schools, I may be able to

    shed some light on that use of "track."

    (1) In the "good old days," children attended school from

    September through June. Then they all enjoyed a summer

    vacation.

    (2) When schools became overcrowded, they devised the

    track (group) system. Some of the students attended school

    while some took a vacation. Then they reversed places. Of course, this

    meant the schools had to remain open all year. Here in my city they

    have 3 tracks: A, B, C.

    (3) Let's say, for example, that Track C (that is, Group C) is filled

    with troublemakers (Sorry! I mean "antisocial peers") and some

    students with "cognitive deficits" join Track C. Maybe (probably) they

    will start acting like their antisocial peers.

    (4) On the other hand, maybe the person who wrote that sentence

    was not referring to our track system. Maybe s/he was just using the

    word "track" in the sense of "group":

    ...if children with low IQs become assigned to the same classes

    that contain many antisocial peers.

    (5) By the way, nobody in our country refers to children with low IQs.

    That is considered very offensive nowadays. There are now nicer

    ways to say this.


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    Re: ... become a tracked ...

    TheParser, I'm very thankful to you for you reply. Your explanation is very interesting and it may be what I'm looking for.
    A lot of thanks again.

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