The Bigotry of High Expectations

Because I often advocate for skill and trade based programs I have sometimes been accused of having low expectations for our children. People who
disagree with me shout that all children given the right support can be
prepared for and be successful in college. Where I don’t disagree with that
statement I have to live in the real world where the right supports are often few and far between and I have seen to many students
uninterested or unprepared for rigorous course work and this has caused more
than a few of them either to drop out or just be pushed along and out without
the skills they need.

Not every kid is going to go to college despite the push
from the state of Florida that every student takes a college ready curriculum.
Not every kid is going to go to college and we must prepare for their needs as
well.
Sure I would love for every kid to go to a university and
become engineers or doctors but that’s not realistic and what we need if we
want to have a successful school system is more pathways to graduation which
serve more kids abilities and desires.

I don’t have low expectations, I have realistic ones
and while some keep pounding the everybody is going to go to college drum, kids
will continue to fall through the cracks. 

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