A mentality that I fear is not only aiding abetting the achievement gap but causing all of our students in Wisconsin to suffer is that some children regardless of how hard we try are going to fall through the cracks. That some children regardless of how well we teach are not going to learn.
The fact that this is an acceptable phrase to utter as an educator or future educator absolutely takes me aback.
I think one of the initial steps to closing the achievement gap is making that phrase unacceptable in the profession of education.
I also believe that another area of focus is letting go of the idea of the bell curve. We address this for a short moment in the educator’s preservice education, but I think we need to spend more time evaluating the idea is to teach 100% of the students.
Someone needs to answer is there an acceptable amount of failure as a teacher? And if you can’t reach every student isn’t a part of your professional obligation to get them the help they need – even if it isn’t via you???
In the private sector they say – – the point is not to know everything it is to know where to go for the answers. What have we built up for our educators if they are feeling that they can’t have students that fail and they can’t admit they have students that bill so they can’t reach out to those other areas that would help them be successful teaching that student.