Breaking the Cycle: Small Steps That Help Students in Poverty
by Mary Niederberger
Education Writers Association (12/4/15)
It’s the story told over and over: A child from a poor neighborhood attends a failing school but somehow beats the odds and rises to success. The assumptions surrounding that story are that success is the exception for a child in poverty, and that failure is the norm. We are surprised that a child from a low-income community achieves strong academic outcomes, but unfazed at the fact that most of his or her classmates don’t....
Working with adults in poor communities is also essential to effect change and provide pathways to success for children living in and being educated in such communities, according to speaker Richard Gray, the director of Community Organizing and Engagement at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.
Gray said he bristles when journalists report on poverty “as if people are poverty.”
“These people have aspirations and desires and have positive things they see in their communities and very often their stories are not told,” he said at the EWA seminar.