Myth Of The Culture Of Poverty

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In the article Paul Groski tells about a high school teacher struggling to connect with her low-income students. The teacher Janet loves her kids but assumes they are just lazy. By assuming this she is agreeing that poor kids have a certain culture about them. Many others also think the same, that poor people have a certain culture to them. The fact is that students living in poverty do not have the same benefits as a wealthier family. Facts show that most kids in low-income houses have at least one parent who is employed and works full time year round. Having jobs that do not pay as much makes it hard to support a family working part time. That is why a wealthier family works fewer hours ...view middle of the document...

We live in today and sometimes don’t even realize it. Like the teacher Janet if she knew the kids closer she would understand they are not simply lazy. She does not see the struggle many kids go through which are basic human rights to other students. This is very common amongst the poor community and it is crippling that the schools are not aimed to help poor students. Many schools that cost money are more efficient, clean, and easy learning schools. Where schools near worse neighborhoods usually have more hygiene problems and a lower number of kids passing. Facts are that the school system is not aimed to help many underprivileged students. These students go through much more just to get to class and learn.

After reading this article I learned that the school system is not aimed to help make school fair. The school does not take into consideration how kids get to school, how parents job’s effect helping with kids and how difficult these barriers are to overcome. Without a fair system set up it is impossible to judge students on their grades and conduct when they have an unstable way of living. If this continues...

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