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Re: Re: response from field-tested Payne materials

Posted By: Marc Lonoff on June 5, 2009
I attended a couple of Payne workshops. In one case my co-attendees were teachers of "high risk" students in the Chicago Public Schools.

As a middle-class second-career teacher I had a lot of deficits of my own. Mostly of empathy. Perhaps Payne should be considered a crash course in empathy.

Many teachers expect from poverty students to act like middle class students. They do not. This is especially true in schools where poverty students make up a high percentage of the student body. I am not sure what the threshold is because I taught in a 90+ per cent free lunch school.

I now teach in a 25 per cent free lunch school. In this environment the poverty students cannot be easily separated from a student body that acts like middle class kids.

This is not a controlled experiment by any means. At some point between 25 and 90 is a tipping point at which middle class striving and seeking of learning is overwhelmed by poverty culture. Attendance rates drop. Parental involvement drops. Mothers and aunties and grandmothers replace fathers and mothers.

No one taught me these basic differences.

When I asked children to write down "an interesting place they would like to visit" one school had answers like "Paris", "Europe", "Hawaii"; the other school had as the modal answer "Six Flags Great America".

I found the Payne Framework useful.
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