Written by Burhan Uddin
In order for us to get a bright future ahead of us we should focus more on our education system worldwide. We need to search for the talents each one of us has is not hidden under any circumstance and make sure each and every one get the opportunity to represent himself/herself to the world what they are capable of. There are a lot of academic struggles we hear about, which are, low-income students and students of color—particularly comparing them to their white and wealthier peers. Typically, we hear these disparities described as gaps: Achievement Gap, Opportunity Gap, Wealth Gap, Discipline Gap, etc. However, there’s another gap we have to tackle. Which is the Belief Gap.
It might be an obvious question that what is the belief gap? It can be defined as the gap between what students can achieve and what others believe they can achieve. The existence of the belief gap can be consider as:
● The fact of under matching, in which the financial stage of a student prevent them to apply for top colleges, sometimes they are not even aware of the option available to them.
● Another fact which is only available to certain amount of students, because of low income and minority. These students far less likely to enroll in gifted and talented programs, even when they have the aptitude to succeed in these courses.
● Racism in teaching profession causes a teacher to see specific race students as college material, even when talking about the same students from another race. This kind of unconscious stereotyping is called implicit bias. While these biases may be unintentional, the expectations teachers hold for students can significantly affect student outcomes and success.
In order for us to overcome these obstacles and have the brightest future ahead of us we need some hard work, engaged family members, compassionate communities, and dedicated teachers and school leaders. But it starts with a belief that students, despite their background, can succeed.