By Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu
This problem to influential educator Ruby Payne's theories concerning the impact of category ameliorations and economics on educating and learning puts forward other elements as greater predictors of scholar performance. Pointing to good fortune tales in colleges that serve low-income scholars, this refutation of Payne's well known teacher-training application asserts that teacher expectancies, time on activity, and the principal's management are the most elements in picking 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 instrument for making improvements to schooling in failing colleges.
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In no case was a Black applicant channeled upward to a higher-level position. Whites, 40 Black Poverty and only those indicating a criminal history, encountered downward channeling only four times. Earlier we mentioned the discrimination based on African names. We have also seen discrimination based on the hue of African Americans. A light-skinned African American has a 50 percent better chance of getting a job than a dark-skinned African American. ” Observe classrooms where teachers have light-skinned children sitting in the front and dark-skinned children sitting in the rear, where light-skinned children are called on more than dark-skinned children, and where teachers have higher expectations of light-skinned children.
S. S. inmates. 6 If the prisons are being populated by large numbers of African Americans from urban areas, why are the prisons being built in rural America? Why do rural towns literally fight over who’s going to receive the next prison? Is this the only way America knows how to employ poor White males? Does this further explain why prisons have dropped the word “rehabilitation” and why we now have a recidivism rate of 85 percent while spending $28,000 per inmate per year? Does it further extend and exacerbate the tension between poor Whites and poor Blacks that White prison guards without degrees earn more money than teachers with degrees?
No, Ruby Payne, I do not agree that poverty is the major contributor to crime. All we have to do is look at the recent Enron scandal. No, crime is driven more by greed than poverty. Noise Factor According to Ruby Payne, there is a high noise level in impoverished communities. The television is always on at the house, along with the radio and/or CD player. In the classroom, children are always speaking simultaneously. This is true, but I don’t agree that “noise” has to be a determining factor in academic performance.
An African Centered Response to Ruby Payne's Poverty Theory by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu