ERIC Number: EJ788914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Reference Count: 76
Peddling Poverty for Profit: Elements of Oppression in Ruby Payne's Framework
Gorski, Paul C.
Equity & Excellence in Education, v41 n1 p130-148 Jan 2008
Ruby Payne, CEO of aha! Process, Inc., and author of "A Framework for Understanding Poverty" (2005), has become one of the most influential figures in the U.S. public education milieu. Payne's framework, built largely upon understanding the "culture" of poverty, instructs educators on the values and mindsets poor students carry into the classroom as well as how to help them develop middle-class values and culture. But despite Payne's popularity, scholars and activists representing a wide variety of disciplines, from critical theory to mathematics education, have been highly critical of her work. In this essay I synthesize the existing critiques, dividing them into "eight elements of oppression" in Payne's work. I then offer a vision for a more authentic framework--one for authenticating anti-poverty education.
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Teaching Methods, Poverty, Public Education, Guidelines, Criticism, Middle Class, Values, Cultural Awareness, Race, Political Attitudes
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