structural ideology > deficit ideology

With this in mind, my purpose is to argue that when it comes to issues surrounding poverty and economic justice the preparation of teachers must be first and foremost an ideological endeavour, focused on adjusting fundamental understandings not only about educational outcome disparities but also about poverty itself. I will argue that it is only through the cultivation of what I call a structural ideology of poverty and economic justice that teachers become equity literate (Gorski 2013), capable of imagining the sorts of solutions that pose a genuine threat to the existence of class inequity in their classrooms and schools.

Source: Poverty and the ideological imperative: a call to unhook from deficit and grit ideology and to strive for structural ideology in teacher education

5 thoughts on “structural ideology > deficit ideology

  1. “Live simply that others may simply live.” Early/mid-1970s there was tons of done on connecting the public with “DevEd” i.e. development education. Paradigmatic: a campaign to ensure that those who farmed cocoa and coffee got at least living wage. Significantly: 30+yrs later the situation is not substantially better.

    p.s. Globally, raising people up out of poverty? Reports on this are misleading; the data makes clear that what has happened is that tens and even hundreds of millions who had been living in conditions of starvation (i.e. lacking basics such as drinking water) had been raised up … into conditions just slightly better than malnutrition. So really, still in poverty that had to be called abject.


    1. p.s. 2 projects that died immediately (“infant mortality”>)
      1) “Green Future Foundation” (1995):
      2) With animated data:

      As I encountered in the 70s; practically nobody goes further than what I call “fortune cookie wisdom”, or even just “bumper sticker slogans”. Flashes of interested followed by nothing material.



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