The Opportunity Myth

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Grade levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Content areas: All Content Areas

Topics: high school, opportunity, achievement gap

Type of resource: Webpage

We’ve been telling students that doing well in school creates opportunities—that showing up, doing the work, and meeting teachers’ expectations will prepare them for their futures. Unfortunately, that’s a myth. Far too many students graduate from high school still unprepared for the lives they want to lead. They enroll in college and land in remedial courses, or start jobs and discover they’re missing skills they need. This lack of access isn’t random. It’s the result of choices adults make at every level of our educational system. The New Teacher Project asks all adults whose choices affect students’ experiences to commit to unraveling the opportunity myth.