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An African Centered Response to Ruby Payne's Poverty Theory
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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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.
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.
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.