What Our Students Need: Academic Rigor

Academic rigor is an indispensable element on the short-list of what our students need. This well-done front-page story in today’s Chicago Tribune underscores that truth-.

Parents, teachers, counselors, peers—anyone of influence–must encourage students, at OPRF and all high schools, to push beyond their comfort zones and raise their expectations. We can’t settle for lame metrics and checking-the-boxes butt-covering that do little to move the needle on issues like the equity gap.

Expectations are at the root of so much achievement–and under-achievement. Depends on how high we set our sights. On that note, here’s an instructive story about the career journey of Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams, District 200’s Superintendent.


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