Greetings, My AP Babies!
This week’s discussion centers around our exploration of Ruby Payne’s framework for working with children and adults from generational poverty. This is not my original document, so please excuse any typo-s and/or misspellings. :)
Please be advised that our responsibility as scholars is to examine ALL of the resources and come to our own logical, intelligent conclusions. To this end, I’d like for your understanding of Payne’s framework to go a step further. Consider the implications of the framework and how it creates a hierarchy of classes–where wealth is portrayed as the ultimate goal in society…
Now, consider what you discovered during our viewing of Philippe Diaz’s award winning documentary The End of Poverty? Full of commentary from expert economists, including several Nobel Prize winners, this film bears witness to the fact “Global poverty did not just happen. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, the problem persists because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies — in other words, wealthy countries taking advantage of poor, developing countries.” (http://www.theendofpoverty.com/synopsis.html)
Throughout our continued viewing, I will be posting comments from our classroom message board and invite you to continue your discussion here, but here are your tasks for this week:
- Read and annotate Dr. Paul Gorski’s (Founder of EdChange) critique of Ruby Payne’s framework. Entitled “Savage Unrealities: Uncovering Classism in Ruby Payne’s Framework,” this text challenges us to think beyond the realities of understanding the poverty mentality in order to consider the root causes of the poverty that cause the mentality.
- Analyze Dr. Gorski’s argument using UC Berkeley’s “10-Step Process for Analyzing an Argument.” Be sure to ground your analysis in specific examples from Dr. Gorski’s text. (Need citation help? Check out Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab for help…)
- Research Additional resources pertaining to world poverty and its eradication by visiting the The End of Poverty? website. (I encourage those of you who disagree with the ideas posited in the film to provide your classmates with additional resources that might help explain your argument and enrich their understandings of this global dilemma.)
- Post a minimum of three links to websites that provide additional information on global poverty and what’s being done to resolve it. These links might include information on US nonprofits and/or international NGOs (non-governmental organizations).
- Provide any additional questions you were left with after viewing this film and conducting your own research on the effects of global poverty?
Need to watch the film again? Watch it from home on Hulu: http://www.hulu.com/watch/151119/the-end-of-poverty.
That’s it for now. However, please note that your responses this week should be exceptionally well crafted because you’ll have additional time away from class to create them… Therefore, please be certain to consider whether or not your syntax, diction, and spelling are academically acceptable. Practice for the promise… See Kent University’s Online Etiquette tips for additional assistance.
Your original post is due by 10:00pm on Wednesday, October 12th. Your response to at least two of your classmates’ posts is due by 10:00pm on Sunday, October 16th.
As always, I am here should you need me.