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  •  The kids have to want to be there... (3+ / 0-)
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    Shakespeares Sister, lgmcp, ladybug53

    ...and even more than that, they have to want to excel.

    Sure, affluent areas have all the toys, but it's the students' own expectations for themselves (egged on by parents) that really make the difference.

    Take this list of "America's Most Challenging High Schools" and you'll see that several of the top schools have sizable percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies. It's not just about resources.

    One of my kids goes to a school in the top 40 on that list...the process for getting accepted into that program wasn't just having the right grades, but being able to prove that she wanted to put in the effort and time to do well in an advanced program.

    I don't have a solution for you, though. You come off like you're good at what you do and can say that kids need professionals such as yourself in order to get the most from their education...but I really don't blame you for wanting to throw in the towel.

    "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."

    by grape crush on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 12:15:18 PM PST

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