Myth of the 'Culture of Essay

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Gorski believes that we can close the "socioeconomic opportunity gap can be eliminated only when we stop trying to 'fix' poor students and start addressing the ways in which our schools perpetuate classism" (Gorski). He offers advice that includes becoming educated about class and poverty, being aware of stereotyping students, working to keep low-income students in a learning environment that they deserve rather than one that they may be placed in as a result of their family income, and teaching about class and poverty. Gorski considers the most important factor above all is checking our own attitudes toward class and being aware of them. This is the very least educators should do.

A found this article to be very informative because it points to many myths that society simply accepts as true. It is far too easy to fall into the trap of stereotyping rather than be more actively involved with students. As an educator, I think this article opens the door to communication with students and other educators. We are all busy and sometimes it may be easier to assume that some of these myths are true. However, that is not always the best thing to do. As educators, we are in an important place in students' lives because we can still reach them. We can still make an impact on their lives but that can only happen when we do not allow ourselves to accept myths rather than taking a look at the reality that surrounds us every day. The world is filled with enough stereotypes and students face enough of them with their peers - they should not have to face stereotypical attitudes from their teachers as well.

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Paul Gorski. "The Myth of the 'Culture of Poverty'" April 2008. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Online. 65.7. Site Accessed September 05,…

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Paul Gorski. "The Myth of the 'Culture of Poverty'" April 2008. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Online. 65.7. Site Accessed September 05, 2008. http://www.ascd.org

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