Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Poverty and Education

Watch the documentary Poor Kids and Waiting for Superman. Make sure you have read the articles from the beginning of November:

Once you have examined the issue of poverty through the documentaries and the articles, please complete the following reflection activity. Your response is due the week after Thanksgiving (November 30th). Let's make your article analysis due December 7th. 

Poor Kids and Waiting for Superman Reflection

Directions: After reading the articles on poverty (presented in class) and watching Poor Kids and Waiting for Superman, reflect on one of the following discussion topics. Your response should be 1-2 pages in length, double-spaced. You must refer to at least one of the the documentaries in your writing. Please have your paper ready Wednesday, November 30th.

  • Compare and contrast the the impact of rural and urban poverty on communities and schools.
  • Do “bad” communities and towns make underperforming schools, or do underperforming schools make bad communities and towns?
  • Both documentaries focused on impoverished areas. What actions should President-elect Trump take to eradicate child poverty and its impact on education in the US?
  • Why causes failing schools and/or poverty?

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