Check out this article from Teaching Tolerance magazine regarding stereotypes associated with poverty.
The Poverty Myth | Teaching Tolerance.
“Brenna felt marginalized by some of her teachers. One was nice for a couple weeks, but the relationship soured quite suddenly. “[The teacher] said to me, ‘Did you turn in your homework?’” Brenna recalls. “I said, ‘No.’ She said, ‘Of course you didn’t, bitch.’ The whole class heard it.” After that, Brenna felt “pegged”—just another underachieving low-income kid, pitied if not scorned.”
WHOA. I was expecting some examples of inequality, maybe some bullying, possibly some unintended discrepancy between students based on family income, but nothing that intense and overt. I don’t even want to say what I think about that teacher…
I actually felt like there was huge leap from poverty to the comment the teacher made. As a reader, I wanted the connecting dots to be clearer. Was this comment related to the teacher’s perception of the student’s socio-economic status? The student felt that it was, so it probably was. But reading that, it was like zero to 60 in a nanosecond, and so beyond what is acceptable for teachers to say, that I was flabbergasted. So, I agree: WHOA!
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