Today we had our first development meeting for Teach for America - Delta. It was a great experience. I am excited to be a part of the mission of TFA outside of the classroom. Sometimes it is difficult to keep in perspective the reason why we are here. I forget those staggering facts that we once had so memorized. These are a few they reminded us of today.
1. 50% of low income students will not graduate high school
2. Those who do graduate will be graduating at an average of an 8th grade reading level.
3. 9 year old students in low income areas are on average 3 years behind their counterparts in high income areas.
4. 1 in 10 students coming from these low income areas will graduate college
These four facts have alone completely reinvigorated me to educate my students. It's easy to put these things to the back burner when you have to worry about everyday things like lesson plans, announcements, student issues, etc.