My principal put a copy of this article in my mailbox today. It's not very long and is worth reading. This closing quote is what has me thinking at the moment:
"During my tenure as a member of Temple University's faculty in the 1970s, I tutored black students in math. When they complained that math was too difficult, I told them that if they spent as much time practicing math as they did practicing jump shots, they'd be just as good at math as they were at basketball. The same message of hard work and discipline applies to all students, but someone must demand it."
Right now, all I can think about is, don't we demand that hard work and discipline from our students? At least, I think I demand that from my students. If I'm not demanding it, what do I do differently?
More things to think about...