September 2013 Archives

Marco moved from Cuba to Houston two days before summer school started. I asked the 7th graders to write about their goals for the summer program, expecting general statements about getting better at math or reading. Instead Marco wrote one line: "Yo quiero triunfar en este país." ("I want to triumph in this country.") Twelve years later, Marco's line continues to remind me how often we underestimate our students' vision for their future. His phrase "to triumph in this country" departs dramatically from the NCLB-era focus on "pick the right bubble" basic skills that a reasonably well-trained monkey could do. ...


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