Disadvantage remains a major dictator of underachievement in schools. Poor children pass at rates well and a clear gulf in opportunities afforded to students at either end of the decile spectrum, educators say it’s below their wealthy peers, despite efforts to address the disparity. With poverty affecting one in four children, time to act, before another generation are consigned to the cycle.
Obviously there is a glaring omission in the second sentence (update: now fixed) but what struck me, after reading the entire piece, is that the media is the main party guilty of creating the stereotypes the students hate and talk about to the journalist.
It's the media, egged on by left-wing ideologues, that keeps telling children from low income homes that they are living in poverty; that poverty means deprivation, hardship, struggle and under-achievement. That poverty marks and excuses you.
Yet the 'one in four' statistic relates purely and only to relative low income.
Measuring material deprivation looks slightly different.
8 percent of children live in families that lacked seven or more of the above. 18 percent lacked 5 or more.
When will the media stop hyping 'poverty'? Young people clearly don't want or appreciate being stereotyped.
Being a moderate type I sometimes cringe at Whale Oil's description of media, "Pimping the Poor".
But that's exactly what this series is. Using South Auckland school children to sell newspapers under the guise of social advocacy.