“Culture of Poverty” and America’s Schools
After a viewing of “Waiting for Superman” with our firm’s senior vice president, Dr. Lloyd Martin and our colleague Melissa Megliola Zaikos who leads the Autonomous Schools for Chicago Public, I am even more mindful of the effects of poverty on educating our youth. The “Superman” movie certainly highlights some of the key issues. Even though imbalanced on a few key points, the documentary goes far in making us think. I hope it will go as far in causing us to act.
For me, however, I am now wondering whether too many of us remain focused on the ill-effects of poverty on a child’s education or START focusing on how our educational system might be CAUSING poverty to repeat itself.
Think about it: some say poverty wreaks havoc on our schools. Others say our work in schools causes poverty to survive. Those already squarely in a thought-camp on this issue can reinforce their side; however, we must become better focused every day on how our work in education can solve the ill-effects of poverty. In-fact it could be the only cure there is. Effective teaching and rigorous schooling create the solutions.