Making Assumptions: Deficit Model Thinking
Our minds are meaning making machines. Often, unknowingly, we make meaning from what we have heard, seen, and encountered. At times, educators create views of African American, Hispanic, Native American, and other underserved students, which support academic failures. In essence, deficit model thinking does these three things:
A. It encourages stereotypes that impact educators’ ability to build trusting partnerships with parents and students,
B. It discourages high expectations for all learners,
C. It allows educators to relinquish ownership of academic outcomes.