We need to stop putting our expectations on our students and start helping them find their own. It’s that time of year when educators continue the 3 R’s but turn their attention to the 4th R, which is retention. Students who have struggled all year are now being put on the list of students who are in need of retention. Unfortunately, retention will not work for many of them and they will continue to struggle long after they leave the teacher who held them back.
In a recent Education Week article entitled Data Show Retention Disparities by Erik Robelen, Caralee Adams and Nirvi Shah it was reported that there is substantial data that shows racial and ethnic disparities in the number of students who are retained every year. This report, along with many others, is another case against student retention.