Note: This post was co-written with two student teachers, who wished to keep their names and institutions anonymous.
Dear Veteran Teacher,
You may not remember, but earlier today, your new student teacher asked you how to make her lessons more accessible to diverse learners.
You dismissed that as largely unnecessary – at such a high-performing school as yours – and told her, “You’re fortunate, we have no English Language Learners here.”
You probably weren’t aware of what you said. Or what it meant.
I’m sure you’d never say, “You’re fortunate – we have no students of color here,” though you have very few.
You’d never say, “You’re fortunate – we have no students with special needs here,” though I don’t see them either.
So I’m wondering, how did such an unfortunate comment could roll so effortlessly and unabashedly off your tongue? Continue reading