Could the same be said about Springfield and Holyoke in general? Years of decline have predictably lowered expectations and the ability to imagine the great things that are possible. But young people and next generation leaders haven’t had that baggage handed down to them yet. Despite declining academic support and expectations, members of the Holyoke Youth Commission are setting their own standards of achievement outside of the classroom, working to improve their community–in this photo (right), supporting the Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council.
Posted on June 10, 2009 by Aron Goldman
A new study from America’s Promise Alliance and the AT&T Foundation identifies an “expectations gap” among school principals and teachers on one hand, and dropouts on the other. Less than a third of principals and teachers surveyed believe that “schools should expect all students to meet high academic standards, graduate with the skills to do college level work, and provide extra support to struggling students to help them meet those standards.” Contrasted with two previous studies (“The silent epidemic” and “One dream, two realities”) which show that dropouts (and their parents) believe they were capable of more, there appears to be a significant expectations gap.