Assimilation vs Exceling

Today, we went to the scholarship banquet for AHEPA which was held at our church. Amongst the great bits in the keynote, this stood out: In the past, our goal was assimilation. That has changed. Now we want to excel! Somehow, that seems especially poignant when it comes to education. Many educators seem to be more concerned with the assimilation of slow students than the excellence of bright students. Do we really want to settle for assimilation?

3 thoughts on “Assimilation vs Exceling”

  1. Motivation

    I think a teacher must choose to either assimilate or excel because it’s not possible to do both. A teacher is more likely to be measured by the number of students passing an exam than by the average score on the exam. The former is increased by pursuing assimilation; the latter by pursuing excellence.

    1. Re: Motivation

      A teacher is more likely to be measured by the number of students passing an exam than by the average score on the exam. The former is increased by pursuing assimilation; the latter by pursuing excellence.

      Excellent point. I suspect this becomes more of a problem with “No child left behind”.

  2. They may have solved the spam problem

    but LJ still has that annoying JavaScript in the login fields that does the wrong thing when I try to tab out of the username.

    I think the main reason you’re not getting any comments is that you’re just not saying anything controversial, or at least not controversial to your readers.

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