Monday, March 11, 2013

paul thomas - poverty

P. L. Thomas, Associate Professor of Education (Furman University, Greenville SC), taught high school English in rural South Carolina before moving to teacher education. He is currently a column editor for English Journal (National Council of Teachers of English) and series editor forCritical Literacy Teaching Series: Challenging Authors and Genres (Sense Publishers), in which he authored the first volume--Challenging Genres: Comics and Graphic Novels (2010). Additional recent books include Parental Choice?: A Critical Reconsideration of Choice and the Debate about Choice (Information Age Publishing, 2010) and 21st Century Literacy: If We Are Scripted, Are We Literate? (Springer, 2009) co-authored with Renita Schmidt. He maintains a blog addressing the role of poverty in education: His teaching and scholarship focus on literacy and the impact of poverty on education, as well as confronting the political dynamics influencing public education in the U.S. Follow his work @plthomasEdD and Radical Scholarship.

us culturally mythology has a negative idea of poverty
we don't want to recognize inequities, a social stigma

because to that - we connect that to school...

we say - buck up and try harder

howard gardner - leading minds

goes against our idea in work ethic..

the real irony - the ed reformers who want to discount poverty - say it over and over
they ignore poverty by mentioning it

they say sure - poverty is a problem but not an excuse

no child chose to be poor

Anyone reading "A Place at the Table" about hunger in America? It seems like the same discussion. Blame the individuals as if they had more food choices than they do.