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

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"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.

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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
Introduction1
1This Train don't Carry no Shirkers ... Reading Bill Clinton19
2Them that's not shall Lose: Reading Official Poverty in America?37
3If it wasn't for Bad Luck: Reading the Causes of Poverty55
4And there Ain't nothin' you can do about it: Reading the Bell Curve77
5Bad to the Bone: Reading Moral Literacy97
6The World is in an uproar the Danger Zone is everywhere: Reading the Reading Crisis113
7Come on up, I've got a Lifeline: Reading Targeted Programs135
8Everybody Look what's goin' down: Reading Educational Functionalism and Rereading Poverty in America155
9Listen here People, Listen to me, I don't Wanna be Mistreated by no Bourgeoisie: Reading the Road Ahead175
Postscript203
References209
Index227

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