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ERIC Number: EJ995334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Struggling in Suburbia
Wilson, David McKay
Teaching Tolerance, n42 p40-43 Fall 2012
In Denver's western suburbs, a social studies teacher thought up a novel approach to teaching her students the unsettling realities of urban homelessness. She assigned them the task of sleeping overnight in the backseat of the family car. But the assignment held a surprise in store for the teacher--one that provides a glimpse into the reality of 21st-century poverty in America. The teacher did not realize that one of her students was homeless and had already spent many nights in her parents' car. Many suburban schools are facing what for them is a new problem--poverty. The growth in suburban poverty has had a major impact on suburban schools. Without the safety net of social services that city governments provide for the urban poor, suburban schools have had to scramble to set up programs that address basic needs, such as adequate food and clothing, for their students from low-income families. This article presents some tips for school administrators who might be seeing widespread poverty at school for the first time.
Southern Poverty Law Center. 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104. Tel: 334-956-8200; Fax: 334-956-8484; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987