Working with Under-resourced Learners #3

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Feb 2, 2013 (5 years and 4 months ago)




Key Point 2

Generational and situational poverty are different.

This third newsletter installment will focus on Key Point #2 from Ruby Payne’s
“Framework for Understanding Poverty”.
This key point is generational and
situational poverty are different.

Economic class is a continuum.

The continuum is as follows: generational
poverty, situational poverty, middle class, new money, old money.
poverty means that a family ha
s been in poverty for 2 or more generations.

Situational poverty may be because of a death, disability, divorce, loss of job,
illness, etc.

There is as much difference between generational poverty and
situational poverty as there is between new money and

old money.

individuals move up and down the continuum, they use a mix of rules and driving
forces of the economic class they were in and the one they're moving to.

learn more about these driving forces and hidden rules in a future newsletter.

It’s important for us as educators to be aware of this economic continuum and
where our students are at on the continuum. An objective analysis of student
resources is a great way to assess a student’s “place” on the economic continuum.

Ruby’s work

is based on families in generational pover
ty, not situational poverty.
This is important to keep in mind as we move through the key points.

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I look forward to hearing from you!