It’s a known fact that the public school systems in communities where the majority of the population are living near or below the poverty line are failing the students. Many educators and policy makers are blaming poverty as the reason for the poor performance of these schools, but is this assessment short changing a whole generation of students? Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu thinks so.
This is why Kunjufu was inspired to write the book, An African Centered Response to Ruby Payne’s Poverty Theory. In this book, Kunjufu does a masterful job of proving that poverty and poor education are only associated together because it is convenient for policy makers and educators to pass the blame to parents and students rather than actually fixing the schools.