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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.

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“[This is] an extraordinary book-an insightful, passionate, clearly-written book-for understanding literacy education and its place in the political and economic landscape.”–Gerald Coles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325000176
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 3/31/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Shannon's latest book with Heinemann is Closer Readings of the Common Core, an analysis and critique the Common Core State Standards. He and his colleagues seek answers to the big questions about standards (Common to whom? Core of What?) by examining the product and process of the CCSS document, its creation, and its adoption. A former preschool and primary grades teacher, Pat is currently a professor of education at The Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of numerous other Heinemann titles, including Reading Against Democracy (2005); Education, Inc. (2002); Becoming Political, Too (2001); iShop, You Shop (2001); Reading Poverty (1998); text, lies, & video tape: stories about life, literacy, & learning (1995); and Becoming Political: Readings and Writings in the Politics of Literacy Education (1992), all published by Heinemann.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 This Train don't Carry no Shirkers ... Reading Bill Clinton 19
2 Them that's not shall Lose: Reading Official Poverty in America? 37
3 If it wasn't for Bad Luck: Reading the Causes of Poverty 55
4 And there Ain't nothin' you can do about it: Reading the Bell Curve 77
5 Bad to the Bone: Reading Moral Literacy 97
6 The World is in an uproar the Danger Zone is everywhere: Reading the Reading Crisis 113
7 Come on up, I've got a Lifeline: Reading Targeted Programs 135
8 Everybody Look what's goin' down: Reading Educational Functionalism and Rereading Poverty in America 155
9 Listen here People, Listen to me, I don't Wanna be Mistreated by no Bourgeoisie: Reading the Road Ahead 175
Postscript 203
References 209
Index 227
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