I don't dispute the core message -- that going to college is a way to discover one's intrinsic value and professional opportunities, and yes, young people should go to college. But two key assumptions implicit in this video (and in many U.S. initiatives to address educational inequities) are just plain wrong.
Assumption 1: Young people don’t aspire to go to college
Assumption 2: Aspiration equals individual ambition
Going to college is message I support enthusiastically. But videos, policies and programs that merely raise aspirations don’t help them get there. This is a deficit approach to educational inequities that attempts to equip young people with what others assume they lack -- a desire to live a life of value in and through education.
Let’s change this discourse. In what ways can we walk alongside youth as they sojourn their educational pathway in a way that supports their desires for themselves?
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