A site I like

15 Oct

A few years ago, I presented at the White Privilege Conference (http://www.whiteprivilegeconference.com/) and got to be facilitated in some other workshops, including Paul Gorski. Paul is an Assistant Professor of Integrative Studies at George Mason University. And he looks a lot like Paul Rudd.

But I digress.

I really enjoyed Paul’s workshop, which was a critical analysis and response to Ruby Payne’s A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Payne’s self-proclaimed expertise in a nutshell: poor people need to be educated to the ways of the middle and prosperous classes. There’s nothing wrong with our social systems. The access and opportunity are there for the picking. It’s just that the poor (inaccurate stereotype alert) are violent, drug-addled, don’t value education and watch entirely too much TV.

I kid you not about the stereotypes Payne actually lists with a straight face, as if she’s citing verified facts, rather than classist propaganda to maintain the status quo–note the 2011 movement in FL to require drug testing for all welfare recipients, based on a political claim of fact that was controverted in a 2001 study (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/31/us-florida-welfare-drugs-idUSTRE74U6W320110531).

So today, I’d just like to recommend his website EdChange (http://www.edchange.org/), where if you’re inspired by what you read, you can sign up for the newsletter. I always learn something from it.

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