In my line of work, I hear phrases like “achievement gap” and “disadvantaged” a lot. [For those of you unfamiliar with my life, my line of work is teaching in a low-income, rural high school community.] These phrases get thrown around either by politicians who make laws that are supposed to help kids get “smarter” based on test scores, or by educators who have all kinds of “best practices.” As much as I respect educators who have “best practices” tucked in a backpack ready to share, this article reminded me that this teaching is a different kind of teaching. Really good article coming from a solid educational source:
So, my dear law-making bureaucrats, it’s going to take a little bit more than just a lot of tests and a new evaluation system for the teachers to help kids that need to and deserve to be helped.