The Good Student Bias
By: Curtis Linton
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Pose this simple question to a teacher: “Were you a good student when you were in school?” Time and again as I have asked this in educational workshops, roughly 90% of the teachers and administrators raise their hands that yes, they were good studentsin school. Educators by the very nature of their profession tend to trust school, have shown they can personally succeed at school, and tend to believe that doing the work of school is what most brings students success. Inherent within the work of educational equity is tackling our implicit biases tied to race, gender and ethnicity. But even if we have done rigorous and extensive work to challenge our internal prejudices, addressed institutional inequities, and even tackled the challenging reality of privilege, there is an implicit bias found within most anyone who works in education: valuing the good student at the expense of the student who struggles in school…

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