An African Centered Response to Ruby Payne's Poverty Theory by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu

By Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu

This problem to influential educator Ruby Payne's theories concerning the impact of category alterations and economics on instructing and learning puts forward other elements as higher predictors of scholar performance. Pointing to good fortune tales in faculties that serve low-income scholars, this refutation of Payne's renowned teacher-training application asserts that teacher expectancies, time on job, and the principal's management are the most elements in making a choice on academic results at a school. Abandoning Payne's framework of teacher-student source of revenue disparities, racial make-up, and per-pupil expenditure, this severe analysis asserts the human part because the strongest software for making improvements to schooling in failing colleges.

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In his book Make A Difference: A Spectacular Breakthrough in the Fight Against Poverty Gary MacDougal writes that government agencies need to work together to provide transportation, child care, medical benefits, and counseling to empower mothers to reach their full potential. You can’t take welfare away and not provide a coordinated strategy to address these issues. If schools believe that the educational background of the mother is the most important factor, then every school in low-income areas should take a cue from Head Start and provide parent rooms, parent coordinators, computer literacy classes, GED training, and everything else necessary to correct this problem.

The wealth accumulation of the typical cotton belt farm was four times greater than that of the usual Northern farmer and was 91 times greater than that of the typical urban common laborer. 9 Slavery fueled the prosperity of the United States. S. economy reaped the benefits by as much as $40 million in unpaid labor. 4 trillion. We will discuss this in more detail in the next chapter. Ruby Payne, let’s talk about reparations. If you’re serious about addressing poverty, then you and your proponents need to teach African American youth how to calculate the cost of their ancestors’ labor between 1619 and 1865 and the wealth it created for America.

36 million African Americans live in the United States. 9 million African Americans live below the poverty line. 25 percent of African Americans live below the poverty line. 33 percent of African American children live below the poverty line. 50 percent of African American children are either low income or below the poverty line. 50 percent of African American families earn between $20,000 and $50,000 per year. 25 percent of African American families earn more than $50,000 per year. Let’s now review these numbers and see what they are telling us.

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