Monday, June 4, 2012

Topic 12: Poverty and Deficit Thinking

Topic 12: Poverty and Deficit Thinking

Rejecting Ruby Payne Especially +

The New Year Continues our Discussion between Authors Paul Thomas and Curt Dudley-Marling

The "Word Gap": A Reader

"What These Children Are Like": Rejecting Deficit Views of Poverty and Language

Revisiting James Baldwin's "Black English"

If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?, James Baldwin

CCCC Statement on Ebonics

[See for an updated listing of research/resources debunking Payne's deficit view.]

Journal of Educational Controversy
Volume 4, Number 1, Winter 2009
The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty: Rethinking Poverty and Education

*Bomer, R., Dworin, J. E., May, L., & Semingson, P. (2008). Miseducating teachers about the poor: A critical analysis of Ruby Payne's claims about poverty. Teachers College Record, 110(11).

Dworin, J. E., & Bomer, R. (2008, January). What we all (supposedly) know about the poor: A critical discourse analysis of Ruby Payne’s “Framework.” English Education, 40(2). 101-121.

Dudley-Marling, C. (2007). Return of the deficit. Journal of Educational Controvery, 2(1). Available on-line:

*Gorski, P. (2006, February 9). The classist underpinnings of Ruby Payne’s Framework. Teachers College Record.

Gorski, P. (2008, April). The myth of the “culture of poverty.” Educational Leadership, 65(7). 32-36.

*Ng, J. C., & Rury, J. L. (2006, July 18). Poverty and education: A critical analysis of the Ruby Payne phenomenon. Teachers College Record.

*See the Payne response and two counter-responses from TCR (included in your Topic 12 folder).

Payne, R.K. (2009). Using the lens of economic class to help teachers understand and teach students from poverty: A response. Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 17, 2009, ID Number: 15629, Date Accessed: 5/21/2009 1:52:39 PM.

Bomer, R., Dworin, J. E., May, L., & Semingson, P. (2009, June 3). What’s wrong with a deficit perspective? Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 03, 2009 ID Number: 15648, Date Accessed: 6/12/2009 8:39:17 AM.

Gorski, P. (2006, July 19). Responding to Payne’s response. Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 19, 2006 ID Number: 12605, Date Accessed: 6/12/2009 8:37:26 AM.

Thomas, P. L. (2009). Shifting from deficit to generative practices: Addressing impoverished and all students. Teaching Children of Poverty, 1(1).

Thomas, P. L. (2010, July/September). The Payne of addressing race and poverty in public education: Utopian accountability and deficit assumptions of middle class America. Souls, 12(3). 

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