I follow Dropout Nation. Usually the comments are strong and well reasoned. However, in this instance, I could not disagree more regarding the topic of motivated students.
In my view, there are five factors that drive academic excellence. They are: a motivated student, supportive parents, high quality teaching, high quality principal leadership, and a rigorous curriculum.
This is the recipe that represents the total shared responsibility for academic success.
You can not leave out any one of these factors and expect academic excellence.
I am not a "...lazy, shiftless adults in schools and communities." I am a parent of three adult children with a deep concern for the education of all children, but with an emphasis on the black community.
And I believe motivation matters. To demonize individuals as "lazy and shiftless" for holding an opinion on this topic appears somewhat extreme and unreasonable.
As well, not holding students and families accountable for a child's behavior is both demeaning and disrespectful.
Instead, we should make every effort to coach parents and make available to them key resources for assisting their children.
The obligation to educate the nation's children is an important trust. It should not be reduced to name calling, insults and blame.
Only a shared, healthy, and inclusive approach will work in the end.
Thanks to Dropout Nation for putting this topic in the conversation.
Your comments are always welcome. Please join in.
There Are No Unmotivated Students | Dropout Nation: Coverage of the Reform of American Public Education Edited by RiShawn Biddle