EDUC 294

Schools & Poverty

Educating children living in poverty poses significant challenges to schools and teachers. This course is designed to allow individuals interested in schools to develop a greater understanding of poverty and to examine what teachers can do to provide the best possible education for students experiencing poverty. This course examines and confronts the American stories of rugged individualism and of the United States as aplace where class and race are irrelevant, while maintaining a focus on what teachers can do for the children with whom they work and the society in which they live. Successful completion of this course requires a commitment to spend 14 hours outside of class interacting with students living in poverty.