Culture, Poverty, and Education: What's Happening in Today's Schools? (Hardback)
  • Culture, Poverty, and Education: What's Happening in Today's Schools? (Hardback)

Culture, Poverty, and Education: What's Happening in Today's Schools? (Hardback)

Hardback 78 Pages / Published: 30/10/2015
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Most changes in education-including the rise of standardized testing, holding teachers accountable for their students' academic performance, and rewriting math and reading standards-don't address poverty. Understanding the relationship between poverty, class, and education for decades has been framed through studies on the behavior and culture of poor students and their families. Educators are caught up in the history of classism and are often guilty of buying into the mindset-including the implementation of activities and strategies for working with `parents' in poverty or `students' in poverty-that leads them to believe in the need to `fix' the poor instead of eliminating the inequities that oppress them. So it is not just one or the other; nature or nurture, poor or not poor. Poverty is a potential outcome for all of us. Culture, Poverty, and Education: What's Happening in Today's Schools? is intended to not only discuss 5 myths about the culture of poverty and its effects on education, but provide some resources on alternatives for educator's to better address this growing barrier to student achievement in today's schools.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781475820119
Number of pages: 78
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm

Wow! This is an eye opening book. By using the stereotypes we have all heard about the impoverished, Dr. Wages provides a new perspective and way of thinking about teaching students in poverty. I discovered that I truly was always wanting to fix the children and their way of life. Within the pages of this book however, I now know that my focus should be in embracing their strengths and targeting in on nurturing them to become successful decision makers. -- Monica Murff Elliott, First Grade Teacher
What a powerful book for teachers who work in schools today. It helps clear misconceptions that we might hold about children in poverty that are in the classroom every day. The myths, the stories, and the strategies made me question my own beliefs. This book is the kind of professional literature we need in teacher's hands and on their bookshelf. -- Beth Ross, K-5 Science District Teacher Facilitator
When teaching students in poverty there are many things to understand and consider. Culture, Poverty, and Education: What's Happening in Today's Schools? is a well balanced book that not only provides an excellent explanation of how stereotypes about poverty are truly not reality, but also sheds light on how the reality is affecting today's students while also including strategies for their teachers. -- Melissa Hassell MLS, Fifth grade teacher

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