The term “success for all” is used often in school mission statements, visions, and education plans. It is an important statement, but we need to really ensure we define what it means.
When I went to school, the term “success for all” seemingly meant that educators would do whatever possible to get as many students into post-secondary education programs. Obviously if that was the standard at time, many were not successful.
When I started teaching, “success for all” meant that students would be able to improve and do better. For example, if a student had a ‘C’ in language arts, and moved to a ‘B’, for that child, their was success. I found that this “definition” was more meaningful, but something was still missing.
As we have seen education evolve, I see the term “success for all” meaning that we empower students to find their strengths and interests, so that they can be great, contributing citizens to society. Building upon their passions and creativity will lead to some amazing innovation (See Ken Robinson). With this definition, students not only can be successful, but they can excel.
What’s your definition?
“This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way—in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments—everyone can change and grow through application and experience.” Carol Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success