Children Will Live Up to Your Expectations
As a former school teacher, I was intrigued to read about Eva Moskowitz and how she has worked miracles in her 32 Success Academy Charter Schools. Her schools in NY, “where dozens of schools did not pass a single black or Hispanic student on last year’s state math and reading exams,” (Fortune March 15, 2015) typically rank in the top 3% of all state programs in English and 1% in Math.
She believes all children should be set with high expectations, even special needs kids. And that, too, pays results. Her special ed children outperform those in other NY schools.
Her beliefs are the kids should struggle to learn something, that is should be a challenge and with mastery comes high self-esteem. This is especially true for children in poverty. The more they learn to overcome challenge and thrive, the more successful they will be elsewhere.
She also believes in chess and science, which is taught 5 days a week. Chess tournaments are very much a part of school activities.
She believe her teachers should work hard, too, and they are paid better for their extra effort.
All this has tremendous positive pay-off.. These children are high performing and are successful students. Instead of rewarding every child with a trophy, whether they won or not, maybe we should be expecting them to be excellent and let them rise to the occasion.
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