Academic journal article The Journal of Negro Education

Editor's Comment: Children Are Unpredictable

Academic journal article The Journal of Negro Education

Editor's Comment: Children Are Unpredictable

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For more than a century, scientists have tried and failed to create a range of metrics designed to predict behaviors and outcomes for children. Widespread unqualified use of IQ and achievement testing, as well as social barometers, such as zip codes, poverty levels, and household compositions, have resulted in children being labeled "at risk," and tracked. However, despite relentless attempts by adults to measure the immeasurable, the exceptional child is not the exception, but the norm.

In this special focus, "Diversity, Equity and Excellence with Education Values, Satisfaction, and Experiences" David Wall Rice and Edmund W. Gordon advance important lessons about the potential of learners across a diversity of characteristics and experiences. In addition, a special section on educational values and experiences capture the essence of learning and living in diverse higher education settings. This volume is unique in that it assembles several senior level scholars who have amplified the wisdom that they have gained through their lived experiences, without compromising the scientific merits of their articles. Together, the articles in this issue confirm the superior learning that germinates in a cross-section of settings.

Understanding the delicate balance between insight and scientific observations is key to educating in a diverse context. …

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