Ruby Payne: A Framework for Understanding Poverty

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  1. bella84

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    Has anyone seen her speak or read her book? She is coming to my area next month, and I'm wondering if it's worth $75 and a Saturday to go see her... The cost includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, her book, and the resource book that accompanies the main book. Thoughts?
     
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    We had training in her program last year. I've mixed feelings. She has good ideas, but they mostly apply to generational poverty and are pretty categorized at that. If your population has more of the situational poverty it's kind of useless.
     
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    I bought her book 6 years ago and I still read it from time to time. In my opinion it's priceless. It doesn't only apply to students, but I've learned a great deal about myself and about people in my life. I've learned a lot about my daughter's father, I never understood why he is the way he is with finances - he just seems to have no common sense. Well, I realized he can't help it, he grew up in generational poverty, he does what he knows.

    I would definitely pay the $75 for all that. The book was about $13 on Ebay or Amazon (used) 6 years ago.
     
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    Get the book (used). I read it and thought that it was interesting. No way would I pay $75 though but that is me. My wife and I argue all the time about the correct adjective...I like 'frugal' or "conservative" as descriptors for myself but she much prefers "cheap" or "tight-wad". it's all semantics right?:D

    Seriously, I do not know what can be gained from a presentation that cannot be gotten from the book itself.
     
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    If you are working in an area that is high poverty, I definitely recommend her book! It's important to understand the culture of your students, and poverty is a culture.
     
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    At the very least, I would read the book. I also got a lot of good stuff out of Eric Jensen's "Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind."
     
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    I enjoyed listening to her, but I've since had to sit through a presentation on that book seven times so I'm done. If you haven't read the book, definitely read it. It would look good in a cover letter or mentioned at an interview.

    If you have the money, I'd go.
     
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    As another poster said, if you teach in an area with high generational poverty, it's well worth hearing her speak. She's very dynamic and engaging.
     
  10. readingrules12

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    I have read the book. It is very good. It is an important book for any educator to read. You probably can get it at a library or used at a low price.

    I have never met the author so I don't know if it would be worth the $75 to attend.
     

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