The Myth Of Helplessness, Broken Homes, And Bad Parenting As Excuses For Their Own Poor Performance

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Schools frequently cite a variety of social problems like poverty, broken homes, and bad parenting as excuses for their own poor performance (Greene, 289). In the article of The Myth of Helplessness it touches on a few reasons why it is believed that some schools have great reviews and others don’t. Greene talks about what others believe helps the school systems and what is believed that causes students to fail in school. I agree with author Jay P. Greene that, yes poverty, broken homes and other social problems pose a significant challenge but the evidence simply does not leave room for the conclusion that these challenges are insurmountable (290). Social problems are used as an excuse for many things not to mention school as well. For example when the state ranks all the schools in Jersey City, the schools that perform badly have many reasons to explain why. They use students who come from bad homes, who are troubled, suffer from poverty or whose parents are not very involved in their life or mistreat them as the reason why they ranked so low. The Board of Education, teachers, principals, counselors etc. come up with the many reasons of why they are doing so poorly and try and get to the root of the student and what type of issues they may have going on. It is completely understandable that children and teenagers who come from rough homes are not too focused on school and may see no point of learning. However, then we have other students that regardless of how bad their

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