"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Monday, September 22, 2014

Responding to "Why Poor Students Struggle"

My response to this at the NYTimes:

James Horn

 Cambridge, MA 

I think you might trust many of the souls to come along when you put some weight on their end of the economic tug of war that most poor college students are losing. The Ivy League's Raymond and Caitlin will always be who they are, as tangible examples of a the clueless classist and racist system we have created. You might realize, too, that not everyone wants to enter upon the prescribed corporatist college treadmill once they have had a look. Some people would rather have a job in a store. Until you realize and value that decision as worthy of human effort, you are likely to continue to make students who run into you feel bad for deciding to have the audacity to follow their bliss--which might not lead to Harvard Yard.

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