When such children finally reach college, they are in for a rude awakening! You see, in college, there is no one to blame and we expect that they know how to take responsibility for their own learning. But I have come to realize that our expectation is way off for students attending most public and charter schools today. They have never learned how to be in charge of their own learning. Many do not know how to set a goal for what they want to learn or how to determine if they were successful. However, this is essentially what we expect from them in college. So, they struggle and they fail because, in college, if you do not come to class or if you fail your assignments, you will earn a failing grade.
The corporate reformers tell us that we must hold teachers and schools accountable so that the students will be college- and career-ready. But, I can assure you, the test-and-punish accountability happening today is not helping children be ready for or succeed in college.