The Cultural Mindset That Influences The Underprivileged Communities

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Position Paper #3: Payne and Gorski
The works of Gorski and Payne regarding the culture of poverty in our country is an awakening to the academic obstacles underprivileged students face. Many of these students struggle to barely have their basic needs met leaving little time to focus on academics. Others focus on academics but become disenfranchised because of the poor districts in which they live are not equipped to offer them a proper education. Gorski links the relationship between academics and poverty to the lack of resources in these communities and families. Payne relates the academic challenges to a cultural mindset that influences the underprivileged communities. Both theories bring attention to the problems facing many students in our school districts nationally, and it is important educators find ways to adjust in order to connect with students from all walks of life. Gorski firmly denies the idea of a culture of poverty. Instead he finds the real issue the lack of resources available for underprivileged students. In his opinion the culture of poverty theory stereotypes the impoverished students as less intellectual and motivated than their counterparts. I find some basis to this idea because there are many myths circulating that perceive the poor as lazy, uninvolved, linguistically deficient, drug users, and etc. According to Gorski these perceptions leak into the school systems and classrooms, and educators begin to believe that the poor do not value…

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