Monday, April 29, 2013

Class links: Family income is now a better predictor of children’s success in school than race, plus Meritocracy and Border Crossers

No Rich Child Left Behind - NYTimes.com: "Family income is now a better predictor of children’s success in school than race."

Normally, I would rant about this, but I've been ranting about the priority of class in the USA for a decade or more. So I'm simply posting it in the hope some identitarians will take note.

Critical Literacy in Working-Class Schools | Working-Class Perspectives:
Meritocracy starts with the assumption that, by and large, all American children start kindergarten or first grade on a nearly equal footing and as they progress through the grades those who are smart and work hard earn good grades are placed in high-status school programs, enter high-status, high-paying professions, and end up with a lot of money, status, and political powerregardless of the social status of their parents.  On the other hand, students who are not smart and/or do not work hard earn poor grades are placed in low status school programs, enter low-status, low-paying occupations, and end up with little money, status, and political power regardless of the social status of their parents.
But since most children of affluent parents become affluent adults and most children of working-class parents become working-class adults, meritocracy leaves us with the conclusion that most children of affluent parents are intelligent and hard-working (the logic of merit), while most children of working-class parents are lazy and lack intelligence (the logic of deficit). 
...Many teachers of working-class students see their mission as producing border crossers—students who believe in meritocracy, are academically inclined, and willingly adopt middle-class values, tastes, and interests.