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Re: Miseducating Teachers about the Poor: A Critical Analysis of Ruby Payne's Claims about Poverty.
|Posted By: Terry Culbertson on February 28, 2008|
|Wow! Let's look at the facts, not attacks. On page 10 of Payne's text, "A Framework of Understanding Poverty" she begins with the key points to remember. The first two are the most important: Poverty is relative and it occurs in all races. The next point is the work is based on patterns but all patterns have exceptions. Let's clearly look at the problem of drop outs and the prison system. We do have a problem there that is screaming for help from our education system. Learning the basics in her book will give us tools to work with those students and guide them to adulthood. Let's get off our desegregation issues and move forward to helping those students now or we'll have to build more prisons in every state. Let's pick applications and strategies out of every author's texts and practice them today in our classrooms. Our job is to be there for every student, no matter where they came from....but an understanding of that background gives us the "why" to be able to guide that individual. I know as an author and educator you feel the same way. I am sure I could learn so much from you also. I need everything I can get to break that barrier to reach those students with attitudes in my classes each day.|
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