‘Despite’ is a word we have to stop using | skwarepegrowndhole

I have often said, as a teacher and as a parent, that I want my students to do well despite having *insert hidden disability here*. Please, don’t misunderstand me, I want them to work to the best of their abilities and fulfil their potential. I want them all to be successful, but recent events have made me question the word ‘despite’.  It is used too many times in education as a subconscious excuse to limit differentiation, to make all students have to fit the round hole. I don’t think this is a conscious thing – it certainly hasn’t been when I have done it. But it needs to stop.

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