Lisa Delpit has continued to help me by shedding light on many of the intricacies in the educational system that I had not fully understood, or known to be going on. In the interview conducted by ‘Teaching Tolerance’ Delpit addresses the conceptions, or misconceptions, of what the expectations should be of young children, and the ‘basic skills’ they should have by certain ages. She notes that these skills are typically based around “those skills that middle-class children gain in the first five years of life from their homes”, and that while many children are absolutely adept at dealing with real world problems both creatively and constructively, they many times have issues transferring that knowledge onto rigid worksheets. She gives the example of a little boy who, at school, is unable to complete a worksheet about money, however at home he takes care of his siblings, and is in fact able to count change in order to do the laundry for the household, as well as completing a variety of other tasks that would be considered ‘basic skills’. It is extremely important to be able to look at the individual child and recognize that his or her strengths and genius are there, however they might not be given the right avenue at school to be able to use them as the curriculum might be demanding of them.