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  •  I teach the same students in high school (1+ / 0-)
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    Killer of Sacred Cows

    I teach the same students in high school.  I can't speak for every teacher or every student, but I can tell you that the hardest part of teaching kids in the 'hood is getting through the barriers they have erected to survive and stay sane in that environment.  

    You can tell them that they need to read more carefully and more often.  They generally don't believe you because they have never had to do it in school.  You can tell them that they need to write, but they are already the best writer they know.

    The vast majority of the students I've had who have gone on to college, some on scholarship to very good schools, have dropped out before the first year is over.  I can count on my hands the number who have graduated.  

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