Teacher Thoughts: Why Underclass Children No Longer Have Permission to Fail

Since the beginning of schooling, students have been classified and recognized by their social-class status. Children of underclass statuses, whether by region, race, dialect, or color, have been, and in some cases still are, allowed to fail school. There is a known pattern with children of poverty: they do not learn to read and write, just as their parents and grandparents before them failed to learn as well. Some would argue that this pattern, however, is not due to heredity,…

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