Sunday, June 14, 2009
Is there a pedagogy of poverty?
In his article "The Pedagogy of Poverty vs. Good Teaching", Martin Haberman states that many urban schools that serve poor students practice a traditional, regimented, teacher-centered form of teaching that seeks to control students more than educate them. Do you believe that, in general, schools in poor neighborhoods offer a qualitatively different kind of education than those in middle class or wealthy areas? If so, in what ways? Why does this happen? And what can teachers in poor communities do to teach differently?