is a challenging word. We in education most often use the singular noun to mean a task that demands special effort or dedication, but which is within the ability of the person who accepts the challenge. We like kids who accept a challenge. By contrast, we typically use the plural form, challenges
, to mean things that require more ability than an individual has, as in "that kid has serious challenges." We prefer kids with challenges be in another teacher's classroom. I ran across two items today on Twitter that made me think about those two opposing usages.
The first is a National Skills Coalition report
showing roughly 20 million Americans employed in key service-sector industries lack basic ...