The Limits of Schooling, the Power of Poverty
TheLimits of Schooling, the Power of Poverty
AmericanEducation Research Association (AERA) aims at promoting publicparticipation and connecting educational research on significantissues towards public audiences across the country. Charles Payne,who leads on urban education and schools talks about the influence ofschools on children coming from low-income families. Payne describesAmerican schools as having an infinite capacity to make changes inthe social structure of America. He says that some scholars haveundermined the schools’ ability to reduce poverty. Payne alsodemonstrates that students should have a high level of trust in theirteachers which improves their academic performance. Also, increasedvigor on the students’ needs for education enhances therelationship between them and the teachers, positively impacting onthe education outcomes and hence reducing poverty levels.
Thelecture has added my information on the capability of schools ineliminating poverty. Payne points out that schools have a significantrole to play in reducing poverty. He has also emphasized theimportance of developing a good teacher-student relationship. Thelecture has also added my knowledge on potential organizations andvarious research programs which aim at improving education outcomesfor the students. Payne also points out that despite resources,students also need support in their education development. Teachersshould not threaten the students but rather guide them whenever theymake mistakes in their studies.
Someauthors such as Goodwin argue that poverty levels are deeply rootedand that society concentrates on issues that do not have asignificant change on this problem (Goodwin,2016).He says that the efforts placed inside the school curriculum toeradicate poverty levels have a little positive impact. Hence, weshould focus on the issues outside the schools to eliminate poverty.Schools have limited capability in reducing poverty levels (Goodwin,2016).However, Payne asserts that schools have a strong influence inreducing poverty levels, contrary to what previous authors haveargued. He points out at some programs started at the school whichhas proven to reduce poverty levels at a significant rate. However,Payne agrees with the fact that outside factors such as the student’sneighborhood and family should be improved to reduce poverty levels.
Paynepays close attention to the questions and notes them down possibly toavoid mixing up and forgetting them. He also gives a fair responsewhen asked about education issues in Detroit and proposes for thepanel at the stage to answer the question since they are moreknowledgeable on the Detroit issues than he does. Payne alsoadequately answers the questions on national policies andorganizations which improve the education of the children in povertystricken areas. He sufficiently gives examples of specific groupswhich expands the audience’s knowledge of the effective programsimplemented to improve the education system.
Someof the persisting education challenges discussed by the lecturer areracial discrimination, income inequalities and also unwillingness toaccept positive possibilities from poverty stricken areas. Paynepoints at research done indicating that racial discrimination isstill an issue in the society. He points that a girl with darkercomplexion is likely to receive a harsher punishment from the teacherthan a fellow girl with a lighter color, yet the two are black femalestudents. It shows the level of racial discrimination that stilldominates the American society. Income inequalities also influencethe child’s success in his/her lifetime. It is because the studentsare subjected to different resources which are crucial to theireducational success. Additionally, the society tends to accept lessthe active elements and skills that come from poor regions.
AERALive.(2017). Windrosemedia.com.Retrieved 3 April 2017, fromhttp://windrosemedia.com/windstream/aera/cls/LimitsofSchooling/index.php
Goodwin,A. (2016). Who is in the Classroom Now? Teacher Preparation and theEducation of Immigrant Children. EducationalStudies,1-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131946.2016.1261028
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