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Hi everyone.

So some of you know, and some of you don't but I am going to be a teacher for Teach for America for the next two years.

As part of my teacher training I have to read about inequity, racism, oppression and other things that keep our children from succeeding.

I will use this thread to post videos, articles and readings that I am assigned so we can have a discussion about them.

I will use this thread for Part 1: THE CAUSES OF EDUCATIONAL INEQUITY AND THE OBSTACLES OF POVERTY

This is the first video clip that I watched:



Here is the link: http://www.unnaturalcauses.org/video...php?res_id=217

It is a short clip that does not even tackle the whole problem, but you can explore the site to find more things.

However, the video information makes me angry. I hate that white people complain about welfare etc, yet they got a huge leg up.

Unnatural causes has a lot of good videos that you can explore. Post about it if you do.
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marveled at this on the website:

" The single strongest predictor of our health is our position on the class pyramid. Whether measured by income, schooling, or occupation, those at the top have the most power and resources and on average live longer and healthier lives. Those at the bottom are most disempowered and get sicker and die younger."

http://www.unnaturalcauses.org/ten_things.php

Outstanding webpage!

The "Amazing Facts" page was particularly insightful.
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This is the next article that I am reading:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/...Talk.Tatum.pdf

It is written by a Black feminist scholar, it is directed more at White people but there is still stuff to learn. She speaks about modern racism and passive racism as well as White privilege
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my device is unable to read pdf format.

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marveled at this on the website:

" The single strongest predictor of our health is our position on the class pyramid. Whether measured by income, schooling, or occupation, those at the top have the most power and resources and on average live longer and healthier lives. Those at the bottom are most disempowered and get sicker and die younger."

http://www.unnaturalcauses.org/ten_things.php

Outstanding webpage!

The "Amazing Facts" page was particularly insightful.
our health is our wealth, but most poor and middle class people don't seem to realize it until they no longer have it. Instead we're tricked into indentured servitude, so we can keep the economy going. But no one notices or cares too much as long as the poorest people here still have television, dollar menus and liquor stores.
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Just finished reading "Savage Inequalities"

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/...equalities.pdf

It is a very lengthy read. This article provides examples of schools one in the richest district of chicago and the other in the poorest. There are quotes from teachers and parents. It is disheartening.
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could you post excerpts from the pdf sources for us to read here? My device doesnt read pdf. I dont want to get left out of this dialogue.

I read Savage Inequalities. His book was honest. He covered a case in I believe was St. Louis that I related to my community.
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could you post excerpts from the pdf sources for us to read here? My device doesnt read pdf. I dont want to get left out of this dialogue.

I read Savage Inequalities. His book was honest. He covered a case in I believe was St. Louis that I related to my community.
I am sorry that you feel left out, I would love to post excerpts from the sources but unfortunately I would have to type it out since the sources are scanned books and I cannot just highlight the text and click copy and paste.
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I am sorry that you feel left out, I would love to post excerpts from the sources but unfortunately I would have to type it out since the sources are scanned books and I cannot just highlight the text and click copy and paste.
I see. well that isnt your fault.

pdf does offer access to some great resources that people otherwise have no access to.


oh well
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What device do you use that is not compatible with the pdf?
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https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/...akes.Tough.pdf

This is the article I am currently reading. It is AMAZING, it explores the theories of poverty from not enough goverment assistance to government assistance hurts poor people instead of helping them.

It also talks about educational inequality, here is a quote from the article:

"By age three the average professional child would have heard about 500,000 encouragements and 80,000 discouragements. For welfare children, 80,000 encouragements and 200,000 discouragements"

WOW. Just WOW.
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Just finished reading this one:

http://colorlines.com/archives/2010/...s_shoes_1.html

It is a case study about an unemployed woman on food stamps.
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http://video.pbs.org/video/2149549112/

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Program: Need To Know
Episode: The corner
Need to Know anchor Scott Simon goes with author David Simon to Baltimore's inner city to talk to young men with little or no work who often simply hang out on the street.
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I read the description and I felt like listening to it would tell me something I already knew. However, I am glad that I read it. It is extremely powerful and touching.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radi...n-get-it?act=4

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Reporter Douglas McGray interviews a college student in California with good grades, an excellent work ethic, but no possible way to get a legal job. She's lived in the U.S. since she was little, but her parents are undocumented; and she is, too. Most of her friends and teachers don't even know.
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I only read the first chapter of this here are some interesting facts from this article:

http://www.nclr.org/images/uploads/p...nities_PDF.pdf

Latinos and Crime
Stereotypical public attitudes and negative media portrayals of Latinos fly in
the face of reality. Consider these facts:
■ Data from the Department of Justice show that Latinos are less likely to be
involved in violent crimes than their non-Hispanic counterparts.22
■ Contrary to the popular stereotype, even when convicted of crimes, the
overwhelming majority of incarcerated Latinos are convicted for relatively
minor, nonviolent offenses, are first-time offenders, or both.23
■ Despite the fact that Latinos are no more likely than other groups to use
illegal drugs, and less likely to use alcohol,24 Hispanics are more likely to
be arrested and charged with drug offenses, and less likely to be given
pretrial release. In fact, Latinos are almost three times as likely as nonHispanic Whites to be detained before trial.25

■ While 69% of White respondents believed that judges always or usually
treat minorities with respect, only 28% of Latinos shared that belief.
■ While 66% of Whites believed that attorneys always or usually treat
minorities with respect, only 34% of Latinos shared that view.
■ While 60% of Whites believed that court workers always or usually treat
minorities with respect, only 22% of Latinos shared that belief.
■ While only 14% of Whites believed that prosecutors always or usually
insist on more serious charges against minorities than against Whites,
52% of Latinos held that view. In contrast, 49% of Whites expressed the
opinion that such discrimination rarely or never happens.
■ Only 17% of Whites believed that race always or usually makes a difference
in case outcome. In contrast, 51% of Latinos held that view.

compared to Whites, Latinos are more likely to get
arrested, be charged with more severe crimes, be incarcerated, and serve
longer sentences when charged with similar crimes under comparable
circumstances. Thus, Latinos are overrepresented in nearly every aspect of the
criminal justice system in the United States.

Discrimination reduces or eliminates opportunities for
Latinos to achieve success.
Latinos are especially affected by discrimination in all stages of the criminal
and juvenile justice systems. Those disparities mirror barriers that Latinos
face in other systems as well. For example:
■ Hispanics are less likely than non-Hispanic Whites to have graduated
from high school. In 2002, 57% of Hispanics age 25 and older had
graduated from high school, compared with 88.7% of Whites at least 25
years of age.35
■ Hispanics are much more likely than non-Hispanic Whites to be
unemployed. In March 2002, 8.1% of Hispanics in the civilian labor force
aged 16 and older were unemployed, compared with only 5.1% of nonHispanic Whites.36
■ Hispanic workers earn less than non-Hispanic White workers. Among
full-time, year-round workers in 2002, 26.3% of Hispanics and 53.8% of
non-Hispanic Whites earned $35,000 or more.37
■ Hispanics are more likely than non-Hispanic Whites to live in poverty.
In 2002, 21.4% of Hispanics were living in poverty, compared with 7.8% of
non-Hispanic Whites.38
■ Hispanics are discriminated against in housing inquiries. When African
Americans and Hispanics visit real estate or rental offices to inquire about
the availability of advertised homes and apartments, they face a
significant risk of receiving less information and less favorable treatment
than comparable White customers. According to a survey of several
thousand individuals conducted in 23 metropolitan areas during the
summer and fall of 2000, Hispanic renters received consistently
unfavorable treatment in 25.7% of their inquiries, while Hispanic
homebuyers received consistently unfavorable treatment in 19.7% of their
inquiries. This study reported that, of the racial/ethnic groups surveyed,
only Hispanic renters faced essentially the same incidence of
discrimination in 2000 as they had in 1989. In fact, as of 2000, Hispanic
renters faced a higher incidence of discrimination than African American
renters.
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