Saturday, January 17, 2015
Majority of public school students in US live below poverty line; consequences for teachers, even subs
Lyndsey Layton, of the Washington Post, reports on the front page Saturday, that a majority of students in public schools now live in poverty, link here.
For someone who grew up in Arlington VA and who has worked in the Arlington and Fairfax County school systems as a substitute teacher (and some other things, like grading special education math project books), this sounds shocking. I did have plenty of AP assignments with outstanding students (I particularly remember the chemistry, and even a second year of calculus). Teen inventor Jack Andraka is now a senior at a public school near Baltimore (story).
Nevertheless, in many communities what the Post reports is true. Teachers would have to be concerned with a lot more than academics. They would need parenting skills, and this would apply to unmarried and childless teachers – who used to be common (unmarried women) but much more socialized than a lot of people today. The problem brings up conservative proposals to fund vouchers for poor students to attend private schools. I notice that private schools often win most of the games on "It's Academic".