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W Gary Martin

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Posted: Sep 11, 1995 4:59 PM
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This is in response to some things that have been said, or not said, on
this list over the past while. Gary
Is it too much to ask to look at a child and see the potential
instead of the deficit?
Is it too much to ask to look at a child and believe that he or
she is capable of great things?
Is it too much to ask to look at a child's differences and see
opportunities for creativity instead of a threat?
Is it too much to ask to look at the child's world as they see it,
not demand they see our world?
Is it too much to ask to give each child every opportunity to
show us their best, no matter what that may be?
Is it too much to ask to look at a child who is struggling, with
hope and expectation, not condemnation?
Is it too much to ask to remember that each child is different
and may be nothing at all like us?
Is it too much to ask to give each child every chance to succeed
and not slam the door in their faces?

It seems that for some of us these things ARE too much to ask.
It seems that we would rather engage in blaming,
blaming last year's teacher for not covering the material,
blaming the administration for not being strict enough,
blaming the Standards for being ambiguous,
blaming parents for not being responsible,
blaming the community for not being involved,
blaming a cultural group's value system,
and most of all,
blaming the child's unwillingness to learn.

I believe it is time that we get past blaming.
We need to start focusing on the things that WE can do for ALL of our students.

W. Gary Martin 1776 University Ave.
University of Hawaii Honolulu, HI 96822
Curriculum R & D Group (808)956-9956; FAX (808)956-4984

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