Friday, January 12, 2018

What role does "trust" impact student success

One area that is rarely addressed in schools is the importance of trust in the equation of teaching and learning. Students must place a certain amount of trust in their teacher and the process to be successful. Even though the student sometimes does not understand the point of what they are learning, they must trust that it is going somewhere and they must let you lead them to that place.  As a foster parent, I have seen children that struggle with trusting adults because of trauma really struggle in school and it's not because they are not smart. I believe it has more to do with a distrust of people in general and the idea of "submitting" assignments and "trusting" the teacher is a real struggle in the process of education. The student would rather just plow through a class with as little interaction with authority figures as possible. The child avoids having to trust their peers or teachers and often goes it alone to the detriment of their education and overall grade. Graduation rates of foster kids is extremely low. Nationwide, only about half of youth raised in foster care end up finishing high school? And less than 3% graduate from a 4-year college?

Helping kids build trust needs to be a part of the curriculum for every kid that has experienced trauma. How might schools address this problem?

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