At the 13WHAM Town Hall Event, Dr. Adam Urbanski, RTA President, made a distinguishing point between being financially poor and there being a culture of poverty.
What is a “culture” of poverty?
As defined by Wikipedia, “The culture of poverty is a social theory that expands on the cycle of poverty. . . It offers one way to explain why poverty exists despite anti-poverty programs. Critics of the early culture of poverty arguments insist that explanations of poverty must analyze how structural factors interact with and condition individual characteristics. As put by Small, Harding, and Lamont (2010), “since human action is both constrained and enabled by the meaning people give to their actions, these dynamics should become central to our understanding of the production and reproduction of poverty and social inequality”.
In effect, poverty exists because the “standardized norm” or “middle class” exists. To accept the concept “middle class”, upper class and lower class must also be acceptable, making poverty in America acceptable.
When our system of education, the structural factor by which societal norms are taught, ignores the gifts and talents of its most precious resource, children, and denies its educators the opportunity to engage and inspire the passions of their students by engaging their passion to inspire, the “standardized norm” conditions the characteristics of children and classifies all those who learn outside that standardized norm as unable to learn or disabled.
Our current system of education perpetuates the “culture of poverty” by maintaining a “standardized norm.”
To end both poverty and the culture of poverty it is necessary to change our current system of education to one that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of ALL children toward becoming positive, productive, life long learners.
Placing schools back in neighborhoods, creating and becoming part of the extended family of every child guarantees every child the opportunity to connect with positive adult role models who can lead them out of poverty and its culture on the path of educational success.
Freedom and justice for ALL begins with an excellent education for ALL.
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