Connell, R. W., Johnston, K. M., & White, V. M. (1991). Rethinking the relationship between poverty and education’, in “Running Twice as Hard”: The Disadvantaged Schools Program in Australia, eds. RW Connell, VM White & KM Johnston, Deakin University, Geelong.

Connell, R. W., Johnston, K. M., & White, V. M. (1991). Rethinking the relationship between poverty and education’, in” Running Twice as Hard”: The Disadvantaged Schools Program in Australia, eds. RW Connell, VM White & KM Johnston, Deakin University, Geelong.

 

An interesting chapter that explores the relationship between education and poverty from inception of public education in Australia to the very early 90s.

It argues that poverty and education are intimately linked, but not always in the way that people expect. While it if often considered that education is the panacea to poverty, the chapter also contends that education is an institutional agent of poverty and power imbalance.

Conceptions of poverty as a cycle are misleading because they make a variety of assumptions about the people who are within it.

Perceived poverty cycle “In this cycle, the characteristics of poor families led to educational under-achievement by their children which in turn led to poverty in the next generation. This made educational intervention a key strategy against poverty, as it might break the cycle.”(p.?)

 

 

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