There are two main ways that poverty and education seem to interact.
The first way that poverty and education interacts is in the belief that poverty is a major inhibitor to a good education. In my previous post I outlined three reasons why I don’t think that this is always the case.
The second way that poverty and education interact is in the belief that the education system is the best tool we have as a society to solve the issues relating to poverty.
In a New York Times Article written in September this year the author makes the following statement.
“Are we expecting too much of our teachers? Schools are clearly a critical piece — no, the critical piece — in any anti-poverty strategy”
Every teacher would agree, the responsibility of educating the next generation is no small task, and for the majority of teachers one that is taken with a due sense of diligence.
But do we really have to wear the responsibility of fixing all of society’s problems? As teachers do we need to solve the problem between poverty and education?