Thursday, November 27, 2008

Expectations Will Not...



Expectations will not compensate for years of educational neglect.
Expectations will not compensate for years of parental neglect.

Expectations will not make a non reader read.

Expectations will not make a child succeed in algebra when they can't add.

Expectations will not help the child whose parents are going through an ugly divorce and fight all night.

Expectations will not help the child who has been thrown out of his/her home.

Expectations will not raise the IQ of an individual with a below average IQ.

Expectations will not make the child study.
Expectations will not help the child that does not know how to study.

Expectations are not enough. I can raise my expectations as high as the sky and there will still be too many that will not and cannot succeed.




5 comments:

Profesora de espaƱol said...

And besides, the school will just tell you that your expectations were too unreasonable and ask you to lower them.

Isn't it too early in my teaching career (4th year) to feel this cynical?

JUSTICE not "just us" said...

Expectations will not get us out of the economic mess we are in.

Expectations will not make us all love each other and live in peace.

Only "stupid" Educrats at Tweed spew this garbage. Principals and their helpers have to appear to believe it since they get the big bucks. I just wish they would leave the rest of us alone.

avoicein said...

Amen

Anonymous said...

We used to be able to get a non-reader to read, but that was before Test Prep, and now admins want non-readers to be on grade level bt January!!!
Used to be if we got a non-reader to read and start making progress, that meant you were a good teacher. Now you even have to get new admits from other countries to take the same tests and pass (and in only a few months). I wouldn't call that high expectations, I would call that a miracle.

Schoolgal

Rick Patterson said...

Of course, we all end up artificially raising our results to meet the expectations, pass the buck along, and hope like hell that nobody comes back and sues our ass off when they discover that Johnny didn't really have the skills we said he did.
The good teachers can't find enough time to do the job; more and more of them lower their standards and try to avoid burnout. One way or another, it's hard to feel like you're doing the job these days, isn't it?