A Think Twice Review of:
The Opportunity Myth: What Students Can Show Us About How School Is Letting Them Down—and How to Fix It
Think Twice - Jan 24, 2019
Publisher/Think Tank - TNTP
A recent report from TNTP, formerly The New Teacher Project, aims to expose what it labels the “opportunity myth” in American education: that while schools purport to prepare students well, they don’t deliver.
Reviewer(s) - Amanda Datnow of the University of California, San Diego
Professor Datnow notes that the report conveys a great sense of urgency, with descriptions of students spending significant time on below-grade-level assignments, lacking strong instruction and high expectations, and being disengaged in school. It paints a dramatic picture of American students being misled by false promises of opportunity, when they could make significant learning gains if they experienced grade-level content, strong instruction, deep engagement, and high expectations. In this sense, the report addresses important issues.