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ERIC Number: ED018490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Oct
Pages: 7
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CHALLENGE OF THE POOR TO THE SCHOOLS.
OLSEN, JAMES
EDUCATORS MUST UNDERSTAND THE CULTURAL CONFLICT BETWEEN THE LOWER CLASS CHILD AND THE ESSENTIALLY MIDDLE CLASS SCHOOL AND ADAPT CERTAIN SCHOOL PRACTICES TO CONSTRUCTIVELY ACCOMODATE THE WEAKNESSES AND STRENGTHS OF THE CULTURALLY DIFFERENT STUDENT. FOR EXAMPLE, SINCE THE LOWER CLASS STUDENT DOES NOT VALUE THE COMPETITION AND SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT IMPLICIT IN ACADEMIC TESTS, SUCH TESTS SHOULD BE ABANDONED AS VALID MEASURES OF HIS ABILITY. INSTEAD, EDUCATORS MIGHT FOCUS ON THE STUDENT'S VOCATIONAL ORIENTATION AND ON HIS INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT PATTERNS. OTHER WAYS TO NARROW THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE SCHOOL AND THE LOWER CLASS STUDENT INCLUDE THE HOLDING OF INFORMAL PARENT-TEACHER MEETINGS IN THE CHILD'S OWN HOME AND THE USE OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND METHODS APPROPRIATE TO THE STUDENT'S INTERESTS AND LEARNING STYLE. IN ADDITION, A TEACHER MIGHT EFFECTIVELY CAPITALIZE UPON THE SENSE OF COOPERATION WHICH CHARACTERIZES WORKING CLASS PEOPLE BY ENCOURAGING OLDER STUDENTS TO HELP THEIR YOUNGER SIBLINGS WITH THEIR SCHOOL WORK. THIS ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED IN "PHI DELTA KAPPAN," VOLUME 47, NUMBER 2, OCTOBER 1965. (LB)
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