Part of the problem does lie in seeing the student as the problem. If we could see all students as possibilities and opportunities and take responsibility for them as our own and help them thrive, instead of drugging and labeling them, we’d see different results. Agree.
There used to be good teachers and bad teachers, and you could tell them apart by looking at their students.
When Jamie Escalante taught mathematics in South Central LA, every student passed, every year. Many passed the advanced placement calculus test as well. He delivered.
Other teachers in the same school, teaching the same students embraced the obstacles the environment presented, and they failed utterly.
See “Stand and Deliver” and watch a good teacher in action. He brooked no excuses. They did a good job of capturing his passion.
That was then….
These days we are led to believe that there are good students and bad students and you can tell them apart by their grades, disabilities, and disorders.
Unhampered, then, by any uncomfortable feelings of culpability, a teacher can now do a bad job, not do the job at all, because the parents, themselves…
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