Low expectations for children
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
In a previous post, I commented on the perceptions of many K-12 educators that their school's academic success is hostage to their student demographics.
There's another angle to this - the belief by some (but, thankfully, not most) educators that current achievement levels are just fine. I ran across this again recently when I spoke to a school district's entire teaching staff about utilizing formative assessment data to improve overall learning outcomes and close existing achievement gaps. Frequent formative assessment has been shown by countless research studies, and by successful data-driven schools across the country, to have powerful impacts on student achievement, particularly that of low achievers.
One of the teachers left this comment on her anonymous index card at the end of my presentation:
I'm glad that my children don't attend a school where it's okay for a teacher to believe that leaving 1 in 5 kids behind is just fine. The sad and scary fact is that there are entire communities that have expectations this low (or even lower) for their children.
Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.
- To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
- Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
- There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
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Swiss researchers identify new dangers of modern cocaine.
- Cocaine cut with anti-worming adulterant levamisole may cause brain damage.
- Levamisole can thin out the prefrontal cortex and affect cognitive skills.
- Government health programs should encourage testing of cocaine for purity.
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