Reading Poverty / Edition 1

Reading Poverty / Edition 1

by Patrick Shannon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325000174

ISBN-13: 9780325000176

Pub. Date: 03/31/1998

Publisher: Heinemann

"Poverty has everything to do with schooling-how it is theorized, how it is organized, how it runs." So says author Patrick Shannon in this provocative look at how social, political, and economic contexts inform the literacy education field. Here we see how competing representations of poverty underlie our assumptions about IQ testing, textbook content, national

Overview

"Poverty has everything to do with schooling-how it is theorized, how it is organized, how it runs." So says author Patrick Shannon in this provocative look at how social, political, and economic contexts inform the literacy education field. Here we see how competing representations of poverty underlie our assumptions about IQ testing, textbook content, national standards, standardized achievement tests, volunteerism, school/business partnerships, and many other contemporary issues in education.

The author lays out a careful critique of initiatives like America Reads and popular texts like William Bennett's The Book of Virtues and Hernstein and Murray's The Bell Curve. Uncovering the inherent biases in these approaches, Shannon argues that we have perpetuated a system geared toward the protection of property over the well-being of people.

While Reading Poverty offers no panacea, it does offer new tools for analyzing our goals for reading education. Undergraduate students, graduate researchers, preservice and inservice teachers, parents--indeed anyone interested in education reform will be intrigued by Shannon's new theory of poverty, which seeks to blur traditional class lines among Americans in order to direct us toward a more just and equitable society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325000176
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
03/31/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 13 Years

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction 1(18)
This Train Don't Carry No Shirkers ... Reading Bill Clinton
19(18)
Them That's not Shall Lose: Reading Official Poverty in America?
37(18)
If it Wasn't for Bad Luck: Reading the Causes of Poverty
55(22)
And There Ain't Nothin' you Can do About it: Reading the Bell Curve
77(20)
Bad to the Bone: Reading Moral Literacy
97(16)
The World is in an Uproar the Danger Zone is Everywhere: Reading the Reading Crisis
113(22)
Come on Up, I've Got a Lifeline: Reading Targeted Programs
135(20)
Everybody Look What's Goin' Down: Reading Educational Functionalism and Rereading Poverty in America
155(20)
Listen Here People, Listen to me, I Don't Wanna Be Mistreated by no Bourgeoisie: Reading the Road Ahead
175(28)
Postscript 203(6)
References 209(18)
Index 227

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