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An African Centered Response to Ruby Payne's Poverty Theory

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This challenge to influential educator Ruby Payne's theories about the impact of class differences and economics on teaching and learning puts forward other factors as better predictors of student performance. Pointing to success stories in schools that serve low-income students, this refutation of Payne's popular teacher-training program asserts that teacher expectations, ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by African American Images
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Marcee
May 19, 2013 Marcee rated it liked it
The author did a much better job using valid research references than Ruby Payne does. His recommendations for closing the poverty and educational gaps sound more solid than Payne's. In my opinion, Payne's recommendations are only behavioral, while Kunjufu's may actually get more deep down to the root problems faced by impoverished Americans; particularly African Americans. However, I still get a sense of bias--much like the sense of bias I felt when reading Payne.
Lindsay
Oct 08, 2013 Lindsay rated it did not like it
Wow, this book is just terrible. The author almost routinely misrepresents Ruby Payne's positions, making any ensuing "critique" worthless. Anyone (except maybe this author) can win an argument against a strawman of his own concoction. I was really interested to read a counterpoint to Payne's book, but unfortunately this book is a total waste of time.
Katie Ulrich
Aug 15, 2007 Katie Ulrich rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: educators or anyone seeking a fresh perspective on education
I found this book to be biased at times. Additionally, the charts and tables were not valid due to the date of their origination. However, it lent great perspective to strategies for successful academic engagement of African American Students living in poverty.
Tovansteve
Feb 24, 2009 Tovansteve rated it it was amazing
This book makes you think about important issues- is poverty impacting success or racism? Written from a different perspective than of a white person, it makes you question your assumptions and what you consider to be truths.
Brittani Jordan
Nov 28, 2012 Brittani Jordan rated it it was amazing
Very good read that gives solutions to better schools, better teachers, better students, and starting to eradicate poverty.
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