Everyone encounters people of different socioeconomic levels. What am I talking about? To be direct: people from poverty, wealth, and middle class, all based on financial means.
While the book is geared mainly towards teachers of low income students and has the main goal of making sure that all students are successful in school, gaining an understanding of class levels and characteristics of them is something that would be helpful to anyone.
Some interesting facts from the book:
- “An education is the key to getting out of, and staying out of, generational poverty” – p. 61
- There are hidden rules of each class that make it obvious to “insiders” if you belong or not. For instance (an example, not meaning that this is how it is in EVERY household): In poverty, the valued possessions are people. In middle class, valued possessions are things. In wealth, valued possessions are one-of-a-kind objects, legacies, and pedigrees. (pp. 42-43)
- Hidden rules need to be taught and can be done so with a fabulous analogy: You need to learn the rules in order to play the game. To move from poverty to middle class, you need to learn the hidden rules. That way, you can move up to middle class if you would like to, but if you don’t know the rules (like the middle class hidden rules) then you can’t play the game (p. 86).
This book is more textbook-like, although it is easy to understand. It’s a great guide for teachers, parents, childcare workers, especially anyone who works with children from poverty because of all the great tips included for improving education.
Thanks for reading,