Thinking about ensuring an equitable education for ALL students and ensuring that ALL students learn: Why should a struggling student be doomed to live a life of poverty because we did not ensure they have learned what is essential?By Greg Kushnir
I was struck by this thought at my last principal network meeting. I have never really thought about student learning in this light. Our responsibility to ensure all students learn is more far reaching than this year only. In today’s fast paced society, students without an education will have very few options. In the past, students who did not learn or who dropped out could work in a factory or on the farm. Those options are few and far between in today’s automated and ever more global society. Therefore it is up to educators to ensure students have many options. The students in our building belong to all of us. We are all responsible for all students and our shift from a focus on “my teaching” to a focus on “student learning” is crucial to become a school were all students receive an equitable education that meets their needs.
Jim Knight writes that teams of teachers need to come together to intentionally plan how to use the high-leverage teaching practices that are researched based to meet the needs of all students (2011, p 11).
Anthony Muhammad writes that we should "never consider education a luxury; it is a necessity, especially for children in poor and minority communities, so that they can some day enjoy a high quality of life. It may be their only chance at a better life" (2009, p 9).
It is up to educators to focus on student learning every day. How does that look in your classroom?