ERIC Number: EJ772765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
"At Risk" of Greatness
Weinbaum, Lisa M.
Teaching Tolerance, n31 p20-25 Spr 2007
Because teachers are human, they sometimes judge their students based on where they live or the language they speak. Students are channeled into honors, regular or remedial classes based on these judgments. Separate sets of expectations are imposed upon separate sets of children, limiting access to information and opportunity. Teachers must counteract such influences. They must realize that education should get personal. They must know that education always should allow children to hope. They must know children are not empty receptacles, passively waiting for knowing adults to pour isolated, irrelevant facts into their heads. Children have opinions--and a need to be heard. The sole purpose of education is not for job preparation. When Lisa M. Weinbaum reflects on her teaching career--the past nine years teaching so-called "at risk" students in southern New Mexico--her memories are not of standardized test scores or the latest NCLB requirement. She remembers kids who break stereotypes, defy odds and make the world a better place--every day. In this article, she shares some of her strongest memories.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Labeling (of Persons), Teacher Expectations of Students, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Opportunities, Teacher Role, High Risk Students, Stereotypes, Minority Group Children, Activism, Justice, Foreign Countries, Homeless People, Consciousness Raising
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001