Sunday, June 28, 2009

Don't throw anyone out

Another wonderful quote from the Daily Ray of Hope:
People, even more than things,
have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed;
never throw out anyone.

-- Audrey Hepburn
I'm afraid some teachers have been tempted to throw some students out, or the equivalent, just moving them on, even though they haven't managed to teach them what they will need to know in the next grade.

I had a student once (high school English in Denmark) whose teachers had unanimously said she wouldn't be able to manage high school, and wanted her to go out and learn a trade. I quickly figured out that she was dyslexic, but had a fine mind, and could speak English at grade level. So we worked on reading and writing skills, and she ended with a C in the class, after receiving D's and F's all the way through grade school. What were they thinking?

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