But if the foundations are not set for success, aren’t we merely perpetuating a system of disadvantage and creating a larger opportunity gap from the beginning? – Bianca Larkin
This quote is from a middle school teacher in Nashville. In this Edutalk in Tennessee blog post, Ms. Larkin does something publicly few of us are willing to do in private and that’s spotlight irrefutable deficiencies in Nashville’s elementary schools.
I must admit, I cannot leave an elementary school without crying. The babies, man. Most teachers leave it all on the field for our youngest children and for this reason I keep my mouth zipped about dismal achievement outcomes in too many of our schools. I guess you could say I’m guilty of “perpetuating a system of disadvantage and creating a larger opportunity gap.”
So, I’m sending out mad props to this middle school teacher for having the courage to not only speak her truth but challenge our culture of low expectations for certain students and comfort with anything less than excellence. Thank you.