High Standards Create a Sense of Possibility, Not “Failure”

chris-hayes-profile-picHigh Standards Create a Sense of Possibility, Not “Failure”

Contrary to some opponents’ claims that high academic expectations create a sense of failure, Chris Hayes, a second-grade teacher in Reno, Nevada, says he sees academic rigor foster a sense of “possibility that lifts children to their full potential” every day. Most states are still in the early stages of implementing high standards, and “that takes time… But if we don’t raise the bar, we’ll never close those achievement gaps.” Last year, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson wrote, “By raising the bar for our students, we are ensuring that every child has the opportunities he or she deserves,” especially traditionally underserved students.

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