The Opportunity Myth

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We tell young people that if they go to school and work hard, they’ll get into college and success will follow. What if we’re lying to them? What if they do exactly what we say and then find themselves grossly underskilled and unprepared for the rigors of college? That’s exactly what’s happening, according to this report by The New Teacher Project. The biggest problem in American education is not the achievement gap but rather the opportunity myth. Schools are offering dumbed-down curriculum that does not challenge students to engage deeply in rigorous thinking. Perhaps worse, well-meaning teachers are calling their students “amazing” even when they’re performing below grade level. This combination leaves students not only unready but also unaware of their reality. (55 min)

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