Poverty is a bigger risk factor for mental illness than being exposed to warfare. Education is the only way out of poverty however this is mostly, only possible, through relationships which can be difficult to establish when the norms of Generational Poverty are unknown in the school system.
Children from families living in Generational Poverty arrive at school at least 18 months behind in their readiness to learn, and their development. The struggle to catch-up is often too great so they give-up. The norms of Generational Poverty are not wrong in their families, communities or street etc. however education is designed by middle class people, for middle class people to deliver to students with middle class norms. Students who bring with them the behaviours and norms of Generational Poverty often find our school system an alien place as they learn to code switch.
This session will explore the hidden rules of Generational Poverty and how they are considered unacceptable in a regular classroom where the teacher expects the class to have middle class norms. Learn and explore these characteristics and the simple activities to enable students to code switch and achieve more success in education. Give them the skills to break free from poverty.
Meg Roche has worked as an Educational Consultant with focus on emotional wellbeing program in WA, interstate and overseas for the last 20 years, and with Poverty Matters since 2006. Meg has an extensive teaching career with experience teaching all levels from Pre-primary to year 12. She was award for National Teacher of excellence in 1998.
Meg, lived and worked in the country where she gained firsthand experience, in both teaching at and being a parent of students at small country primary schools, district high schools and finally large city colleges, including specialist classes of students with learning and behaviour problems. Many of these schools had a large proportion of students from Generational Poverty and her research, into the work of Reuven Feuerstein, O’Hare, William & Schwartz, Alexandra Starr, Ruby Payne, and Martin Joos - Dutch Linguist and others, to assist students became the basis for the Poverty Matters Program.