Poverty and the Impact on the Classroom (EDU 592)

3 credits

Poverty in the United States is often seen as a matter of choice and personal responsibility – we work hard, and they don’t. In reality, the difference between “us” and “them” can often be as random as a layoff, divorce, death in the family, medical emergency, or natural disaster. Nevertheless, the belief that “I’ll never be in that position” runs deep and this mindset, along with issues associated with class culture, and diversity, can pose a range of challenges for even the most well-meaning and sensitive educator and school. This course will explore the ways poverty impacts students, educators, schools and the larger community. 

Semester Information: 
January 30 to March 26

Current faculty


Required Texts:

  • Payne, Ruby K. (2005). A Framework for Understanding Poverty, 4th revised Edition. Aha Process Inc. ISBN: 978-1938248016.
  • Moore, Wes. (2011). The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates. Spiegel & Grau. ISBN: 978-0385528207.