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The Difference in Kids

Updated on September 25, 2009

      I sit in my classroom and watch my students work.  As in every classroom, in every school, all across the world...there are two types of students.  One type will work their hearts out - maybe successfully - maybe not;  but they will be found trying, every time. 

     The other type will sit and do nothing, or do as very little as possible.  They don't care what the teacher, or any other adult, thinks of them.  They don't care if they make a passing grade all year - or not.  They are there because their parents made them come, or maybe because, if they come to school - they, at least, get lunch. 

     I wonder what the difference is that causes kids to have such very different values.  It isn't always the way they are raised - because there are, sometimes. two kids from the same home who will behave totally opposite of each other.  One will walk the straight and narrow at school or wherever - and the other will try to see how far off the straight and narrow he can walk. 

     Many times a lack of proper "raising" will result in poor attitudes and behaviors.  However, that isn't always the case.  I have seen kids from the "best of homes" act totally insane at school - and I have seen kids from known troubled homes come to school and be almost model students.

     There is no formula for "good" young people.  You can't say that if they have this advantage or that advantage, that they will be better students.  And you also can't say that if they are disadvantaged in this or that way, that they won't be good students.  There is no rule of thumb. Kids are as different as the DNA of which they are made up. 

     So, I continue to watch kids, and wonder what makes the difference...and if there is anything humanly possible we can do to bridge the behavior gaps.



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