I used to think that some kids weren’t cut out for school. They were lazy, unmotivated, and not “academic,” as if being academic was the most important thing in the world. Now I’ve come to realize that it’s the cutout school that’s the problem. Kids love to learn and do it quite naturally. They just might not be buying what I’m selling.
The cutout school run mostly by women, is part of the problem. They aren't buying what we are selling.
" The rise of women, however long overdue, does not require the fall of men"
An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education sums up the disconnect that graduate students with working class roots can feel from their families. In a book called Reading Classes: On Culture an...
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
Very interesting read regarding the struggles that college grads from working class backgrounds must endure.
"Nowhere do working class lives and cultures clash more than in higher education…For working class people who cross the class divide, there are stories and sacrifices that have precious little voice and find no ear to listen” (p. 150)."
"Everyone talks at the same time, kids run and play, and football is on the television. Inside the small kitchen, the women stir, bake, gossip, and laugh."
So much resonates with me. Folks like us straddle the fence for life. There is guilt attached to that. We are protective of our roots. Still, we "know" a better way.
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