“Teachers have to be parents, priests, lawyers, clothes-washers, babysitters, and a bunch of other things” if they work with low-income children, said Nathan Saunders of the Washington Teacher’s Union. “IMPACT takes none of those roles into account, so it can penalize you just for teaching in a high-needs school.”
I keep asking myself: is it possible to be effective teacher & still have a personal life, healthy boundaries, and your own family? Someone has to have done it without the lengths of Freedom Writers & I want to know how!
I’ve encountered many people in my life who say, “We were poor growing up, but we never knew it.” That’s the experience I want to create in my family and through my work. I feel so strongly deep in my heart that you don’t have to be rich to have a meaningful, fulfilling life. So how can we make that experience accessible for students and adult learners who are socially excluded?
Social inclusion is a lot more than just increasing the wages that people earn. People who are engaged in graduate level education, for example, may not have much income but have access to a wide variety of civic, social & cultural activities. We as a society invest in them because higher education has made a strong argument for the benefits to society. How can educators make intelligent investments in their time for low-income learners without breaking their own bank?
Step one is to normalize breastfeeding. These tips for Nurse Practitioners are useful for anyone working with low-income parents.
The Urban Institute stresses the importance of high quality early childhood education for better outcomes in education, employment, and criminality. But what about the half of low-income children under 6 cared for at home? Bottom line: whoever is caring for kids needs to turn off the TV, interact with them, and read to them.
Here are a few tips that can help educators create social inclusion for youth in low-income families. Livestrong.com actually provides a wealth of information on how to create your best life with a low-income.
This is an interesting academic paper on effectively serving low-income fathers of color.
DeVry University has also recently published promising practices they have implementined to serve low-income, first generation college students.
This is an interesting firsthand article about discussing social class on a college campus. If there’s one thing low-income people know, it’s that talk is cheap! Discussions and celebrations of diversity are one of the best way to create strong, fulfilling relationships–in education and life.
What tips & resources have you found to more effectively serve low-income individuals and families?