Predicting Students' Futures
This summary was created by the Research for Teachers project at The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO):
This summary outlines research in the area of predicting students' futures:
"Teachers often feel that they can predict students’ futures; that we can tell by, say, age 6 or 8
students’ academic destinies. This view is strengthened by studies that show a strong relationship
between various characteristics of students, such as their socio-economic status or their school
readiness, and their later achievement. In fact, predictions of this kind are fraught with problems....History is not destiny. We know that with the right supports, most people can achieve far more than anyone thought they could."
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