Leslie, so true. My friend’s daughter (grade 7), I heard, was complaining how much the school focuses on group work, starting middle school. And how much she preferred to work on individual projects. Guess there must be some type of balance of owning individual projects and developing skills to be comfortable on group projects.
Having said that, unlike in workplace, kids do not have a lot of choice in terms of who they work with when they have to work with other kids from the same school. That may result into more frustration, unless they have some choice.