"The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations"
When a higher bar is set, students can rise to the higher demand. All students need to be given the opportunity to draw for themselves higher goals. Of course, this is easier said than done. On one hand, we want students to succeed, but we are often anxious when we see children struggle. Children in impoverished households do need our support, but this must not come with lower expectations. Students cannot succeed if we simply jump to the conclusion that they cannot succeed right at the beginning. Our expectations of our students decide what we are going to teach. Our expectations decide what these students are going to learn. Sadly, lowering expectations may actually be more widespread as suggested by the following cartoon:
|Above copied from Zanetti Cartoons|