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    teacherken, George3

    As a teacher of 32 years now teaching in a high school where the majority are "at risk," I can only say this comment, Ken, is so right as to be gold.

    Some of my at risk students do not have that faith that daily, steady, step by step agony of hard mental work and physical discomfort are the ONLY Way to read and write at or beyond grade level.

    They have not seen personally the proof of hard diligent sweaty work as the stepping stone to a better life, because many of their people at home have not seen it. There are so many long standing barriers to academic success; poverty, mobility, racism both overt and subtle, sexism, food insecurity, health, messaging, popular culture, mental health, that it is far more likely that at risk students have seen the OPPOSITE of success as a result of diligent effort.

    That is always job 1 in an at risk classroom, eh? Building the faith with words and deeds and personal connection. Without the faith that it will work, some never start at all.

    Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

    by OregonOak on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 02:25:52 PM PST

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