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2010 wasn’t a very good year for public education — or public anything, for that matter.

A so-far jobless economic recovery has seen a sharp rise in child poverty and with it, new barriers for schools, teachers and learners. It’s a matter of fact that hungry and often homeless children aren’t as successful in the classroom as those who are well fed, clad and housed.

Duncan has chosen to ignore poverty’s downward effect on test scores and focus entirely on what he calls “bad teachers” and “failing schools.” Recently confronted by educators teaching in some of the nation’s highest-poverty areas about the need to do something about the living conditions of their students, Duncan cynically responded, “poverty is not destiny.”

His “no excuses” mantra, essentially blaming poor students and their teachers for low test results, is now being echoed by many governors, urban mayors and school administrators like Springfield’s Milton, all hoping their compliance will somehow be rewarded with federal dollars from Duncan to fill the holes in their shrinking school budgets. Go to the original…

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Maria — 12 January 2011, 12:04

Children coming out of poverty and homelessness still may come from families that love and care for them. In school these children have basic human needs for love, respect and a sense of belonging to succeed in school and in life. To be able to understand these children, and honor them as any other student, teachers need to learn different teaching and relating skills to be able to be effective with them.
Poor and Homeless children can learn. Let’s rethink teacher expectations…
Just see what happens elsewhere in the world. See Project AXE in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil where teachers are learn to honor, respect and teach street children effectively.


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