The “Belief Gap” or the “Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations”?

There are schools in the U.S. where poor children of color succeed academically. That shouldn’t be controversial, but it is, especially for many educators who seem devoted to a deficit based narrative about children in poverty.”


Essential Question:

Do schools and teachers fall just short of success with under-resourced, under-served, low-income students because they are like “doubting Thomas”–I will believe it when I see it, and, since I have not seen it, I do not really believe it? Do we repeat the maxim that ‘all students can learn’, but when it really comes down to it, do we fall just short of doing whatever it takes to ensure that all students actually learn?

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