Every child should go to a school that sees them. They should all be treated with respect and dignity.
100% of children deserve a second chance. They also deserve to be held accountable and to be taught what it means to be responsible for their actions. They deserve to know what it means to fail, just as much as they deserve to know what it feels like to succeed, for it is only from the bitterness of the former that we taste the sweetness of the latter.
School should matter, and all of the people in it should make a difference in the lives of students, including the students themselves.
This model of care and commitment and accountability and respect can and should scale up to include every kid in our country, not just the ones who can afford Montessori or Reggio Emilia or a progressive private school.
Dream School is not 100% successful. The process is hard and filled with conflict. All of the kids in the school have been discarded by the education system, some by their families. No one expects anything of them, including the kids themselves.
Is it easier to hand them a worksheet? Of course. But see where that has gotten them.
If you haven't watched Dream School, take a look. Comment below. What would you change in school? How will you make a difference?
"Everyone's a dreamer. Who doesn't want something great for themselves?"