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Anonymous | Somerville, MA, USA | @@MySoulburners
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How can I help my black male students to do well despite society's low expectations of them? I already have close mentoring relationships with and high expectations for them, but even this doesn't help them have high expectations for themselves.

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Anonymous | | @@MySoulburners
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Get them outside their school, by sending them to a fair or tradeshow. Have them chat with real people who have struggled & succeeded. Give them tiny projects that give them a chance to get noticed - poetry contest or essays or science fair. Challenge them directly. Somebody has to be the next Stephen King. Why not them?