Yes hope can be learned, and taught - and there is a case for why it must be part of education foundations, and classrooms.
What exactly is hope is actually the first part of the conversation, because we need to be clear that we are on the same page. Hope is the ability to go to (or to take someone to) the future, and see a better outcome, a solution; and then return to the present, and prepare yourself for the journey. And that means there are two parts to the preparations, one you have to have a clear pathway from here to there; and the second is you have to have the energy and commitment to take the journey.
That's the actual core of what hope is, and in fact researchers refer to it as the "dna of hope" the three strands of the helix that are required to build hope.
And teachers have a key role to play in the process, because while they can't eliminate all of the risk for students, or even control what that looks like, they DO CONTROL what hope looks like in their classrooms. And that is a key to success, and to learning, and to fundamental change in equity for learning, in all communities.
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