Ash, I agree about T. Not sure why they insist on him volunteering as the way of demonstrating what he knows, especially at his age. If the small group allows them to keep better tabs on what he is learning and not give him poor grades because he doesn't volunteer, I see that as a good thing. But you are right, he won't transfer that to a group of 35. If that's what they are trying it won't work. Still, I'd personally prefer to have him in the small group.