Don’t Fall Into the Belief Gap

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When Education Post contacted me and asked me to check out their “Because They Can” Campaign and consider writing about it, I checked it out and I got pretty excited. “Because They Can” is exciting and it is so, so needed.

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I’ve written in the past about how our kids are capable and we shouldn’t be selling them short. “Because They Can” is an excellent extension of my beliefs on the capability of our kids.

The “Because They Can” campaign centers around the idea of the belief gap. In case you are not familiar with the belief gap, it’s when people fail to see the full potential that kids and students can live up to. They sell them short and they believe that because of the circumstances that they come from and because of who they are that they’ll never amount to anything. But kids are born to rise to the potential that people see in them. When people believe in them, they are capable. They can accomplish, they can push, they can dream.

It is no secret that in recent years I have become disillusioned with higher education and that it is not the right fit for everyone. But that’s not because I think kids are incapable, rather that there are fundamental flaws in the system. But every kid should have the chance to live out their dreams, that they should have to chance to have someone believing in them, believing that they are capable of being all that they can be. That if they want to go to college, they can go to college. That they can be smart and that intelligence can grow. So that they can graduate high school with every door open to them instead of every door closed, so that they can be the ones that choose which door they go through.

If this is something you feel strongly about as well, I encourage you to check out the “Because They Can” campaign. There you can learn more about the campaign and you can sign the pledge.

I BELIEVE ALL CHILDREN CAN LEARN AND ACHIEVE.
I BELIEVE WE OWE IT TO THEM TO PROVIDE SUPPORTIVE
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AND THE CHANCE TO GO TO COLLEGE.

-“Because They Can” Pledge

Their site is full of inspiring stories of students whose lives were changed just by someone believing in them. I’ve included Kim’s story because it is really encouraging and a great example of what the “Because They Can” campaign is all about.

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How do you support the kids around you to help them be their best self? 

Education Post reached out to me and asked me to consider sharing this with you, but I was not compensated for this post and as always, it is my thoughts, 100%. 

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