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One area where the Trump administration could make changes, and where
officials might use the muscle of the Education Department, is in
expanding the use of vouchers that would let students use federal money
to attend the schools of their choice, be they charters, private or
parochial schools, magnet programs, or traditional public schools.
We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that
the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America
today. The truth is, you probably are a math person, and by
thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career.
Worse, you may be helping to perpetuate a pernicious myth that is
harming underprivileged children—the myth of inborn genetic math
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Some students will opt for a technical school. Others, however, need to
be prepared to work immediately following their time in high school.
Special education students, according to regulations that are part of
the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, can stay in school
until the age of 21. The career preparation process looks vastly
different for each of these student populations.
These are inescapable teacher moments,
hopefully tempered by all of the other conferences that weren’t so
tough. I hope you can balance the tough conference with the one where
you and a parent were able to celebrate an amazing young person. I hope
this tough one was counteracted by the conference where you and a parent
were able to talk productively and hopefully about growth areas for the
child. I hope you will put into perspective this tough conference by
holding onto the other bright spots of “thank you” or “my child loves
your class” or “she’s challenged” or “he’s gaining confidence.”
Nevertheless, the conversations that turn tough can leave you feeling
unsure at best and defensive at worst. So let’s see what we can do to
help you use this experience as productively as possible.