Eye on the world: A fresh school year, full of promise

In “The promise of a new school yearThe Christian Science Monitor reports that “the start of a new school year can be a time of new possibilities: new classes, new teachers, new friends, a fresh start. Actual classroom experience can sometimes convey a less promising message: teachers that just don’t seem all that convinced that all children—especially you or yours—can succeed. Disappointing grades, unambitious curriculum, and grim comparisons with students in other countries signal diminished prospects and not-so-great expectations.” The Monitor continues, “Some of the greatest gains have come by challenging directly the modes of thought that limit students’ capacity to achieve. In that fight, there have been notable and enduring victories…. During their day, expert opinions that limited students always seemed ironclad. Now, many are debunked…. These victories over limitations are worth remembering, especially at the start of a new school year.”

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