Teachers, all by themselves, cannot prevent or help overcome an achievement gap with students that won’t help themselves. It is only with active parental involvement of the parents of the at-risk son or daughter that an achievement gap may be successfully closed.
When I was a kid in school, it would have been so totally awesome if I could have blamed the teacher for my lousy grades. Blame my teacher for the tests I never prepared for, and for the homework that I never did. I could have even blamed my teacher for my complete apathy towards what he or she was trying to teach me.
Now, everyone knows that you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. And every teacher knows that they can lead their students to the fountain of knowledge but they can’t make them drink of it.
If your kid is starting to get on the wrong side of the achievement gap and tells you, “No homework tonight, Mom,” take a pearl of wisdom from President Ronald Reagan, who said, “Trust, but verify.”
A teacher can’t make their students do the homework or study for a test. Only their parents can do that.