Interesting blog post with some very painful examples…
Inspired by a recent Twitter conversation about the ‘belief gap’ in education (educators’ lack of belief in certain students’ abilities to learn, that is), I spent a post last week diving a bit deeper into the idea. There, I basically drafted behind one of the discussion’s key posts and offered the following:
- Belief gap is more than an individual-teacher-level shortcoming operating in many individual classrooms; it can also be expressed at education’s system levels.
- These systemic expressions of belief gap — in particular via flawed, belief-gap-driven educational practices — lead to more dire results for more students than many might realize.
- These systemic expressions of belief gap create blind spots for both practitioners and critics, and these blind spots ultimately force the improvement conversation into stalemate.
I did not include, however, much in the way of examples or illustrations to bring these rather abstract ideas into the concrete. Here, then, is a ‘Part…
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