TIES Center: Tip #6 Using the Least Dangerous Assumption in Educational Decisions

The least dangerous assumption pushes us to consider all students as capable (Jorgensen, 2005). Our challenge is to not think in a deficit mindset but consider what can we do to support students in how they access, engage in, and respond not only to life skills content, but academic content, as well. By including students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in the instruction of all content, students and families are included in a community of learning that sets achievable high expectations.

Student examples and solutions for using the Least Dangerous Assumption are included with the activities provided within the Tip.


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