Worth Reading: “Myths Left Behind”

morrison80By James L. Morrison
Guest Author

[Comment (25 Dec. 2008) on I-Blog article: “Two Ambivalent Views of Michelle Rhee’s Efforts“]

I just read a Washington Post editorial “Myths Left Behind” (25 Dec. 2008) that relates to this discussion. The editor wrote: ”Graham Road was one of four schools recently singled out by the Education Trust for success in teaching low-income and minority students. The awards, now in their sixth year, are aptly named ‘Dispelling the Myth.’ The schools, as Education Trust President Kati Haycock said, shatter ‘the misguided and dangerous belief that achievement gaps are inevitable.’ No matter how difficult or intractable the problems in a child’s life, dedicated and effective educators can make a difference.” The editorial is worth a good read.

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3 Responses

  1. I do not believe that income has any bearing on grades and school acheivement. I find it a ridiculous notion. My family is low-income and I homeschool, and I do not find this to be the case. I believe that parent involvement in education and the lives that children are living at home and in their communities contribute to these factores, yes, but I also believe that it is each child’s attitude that makes the most difference.

  2. If a child’s attitude makes the most difference, then how does that attitude get molded and/or changed so as to maximize a child’s chances for success in school?

  3. Socio-economic factors, parental involvement, attitude, etc. all have plenty to do with educational success at any level. However, what I tend to believe has more of an affect would be exposure. If a child and/or parent has not been exposed to the options that an education can bring to the life of that child, then you won’t have a positive attitude towards achieving an education. It’s easy to say that children should have a certain attitude towards their education, but typically attitudes are shaped w/in the home and the community. If educational advantages are not an important component of both the home and the community (esp. and most importantly the home) then education will typically not be revered. Furthermore, you cannot have the desired involment of parents if they are merely exposed to very narrow views of what an education offers.

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