The Deficit Mentality In Education Systems

An Open Space To Think, Learn, And Be. Humans are not “in deficit”. CC Image by Marlith.

This piece on deficit mentalities in education systems was inspired by a staff meeting run by Dr. Andrew Campbell.

“Matthew is too shy.” “Matthew needs to work faster.” Introversion was my main school “deficit”, and teachers treated it like an intrinsic property of “me”, something about me to be fixed, and sure they were good at labelling me, but did they try to help me? Was I presumed to…



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Matthew Oldridge

Writing about creativity, books, productivity, education, particularly mathematics, music, and whatever else “catches my mind”. ~Thinking about things~