Nate Bowling is the 2016 Teacher of the Year for Washington state and he uses his platform to write about what he sees and what he knows about educating kids well. In his most recent piece, he reminds us that student potential is really only limited by the investment, or lack thereof, by the adults.
They are literate, but the ways in which they are literate aren’t measurable by our assessments. There’s an academic vocabulary gap, not and intelligence gap. With love and support they’re capable of reaching the same highs as all other students. My students are worth the investment that I make in them as their teacher, and they are worth the investment we ought to make in them as a society.