All Children Can Learn…. Based on their abilities I agree with this statement. A student may have deficits in some areas, but I feel that all children have some area in which they excel. It is the job of the educator to determine a student’s strengths and cater their learning to that area. If they take advantage of the opportunity to learn I agree with this statement. I tell my students all the time, if you don’t want to learn, no one can make you learn. If a student has a desire to learn, then there is nothing that can stop them from achieving whatever they desire. So if a student would simply capitalize on the opportunities place in front of them, they will definitely succeed. Except when there are factors beyond our control And we will establish high standards of learning that we expect all students to achieve. I agree with this statement. This goes back to that old statement, “If you aim for the moon, then if you fall short, you will still be among the stars.” If we set our expectations for students high, even if they don’t quite make it, they will still have done well. When our expectations for students are low, then we often get what we expect. Of course I don’t believe in putting our children in high pressure environments either. Setting expectations high, does not mean being unrealistic. Setting expectations high should mean that children know that we believe in them and that we give them the support and encouragement necessary for them to be successful.