My poor students!

I teach at a community college that is in an affluent community. Nevertheless, many of my students are apparently quite poor. They can’t afford the textbook, they come to class without a calculator, or even a pencil. I would feel very sorry for their level of poverty, but I see evidence suggesting they aren’t quite so poor.

They have fancy cell phones that have games and Internet connections. They dye their hair and wear jewelry, and often have multiple piercings. They have tattoos. They bring Starbuck’s coffee to class. They buy their lunch. They talk about the movies they’ve seen.

I am not going to try to tell them how to spend their money, and I will sometimes lend them a pen or even a calculator for classwork, but I am not going to lose any sleep about how their lack of money is interfering with their education.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: