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Re: Morning Rehearsals and Free/Reduced Breakfast
I grew up on the bad side of town in an urban Texas city. So, I know what I'm talking about. My reply was that there is no need to put kids down and make uncalled for judgmental comments. Actually, regardless of income, be it middle class, wealthy or poor those remarks aren't needed. I don't think I said poor kids can't do anything or buy anything. What I DID say and I stand by it, is that you don't know every single families individual income level. As far as when the cafeteria opens, it opens when it opens. If you can get it open earlier, fine. IF the workers are on the clock and work a certain number of specified hours per day, find a different solution. I stand firmly by my previous post and we have a successful band program that proves what I'm doing is working.
As a super poor kid growing up, I find it annoying to deal with the "poor kids can't do anything or buy anything or this or that or whatever" attitude. While I appreciate free and reduced lunch, the bare minimum those kids can do for you guys is go in early to eat. That's not unreasonable. If the cafeteria doesn't open that early, request that they do so, even if it's just milk and cereal. Seriously.
Y'all, you can have high expectations for poor kids. Assuming they "can't" because they're poor is literally the WORST thing you can do for them.
For what it's worth, I teach in a low SES area. My kids know I was poor and I don't take crappy excuses. They rise up to meet my expectations. And the ones that truly can't, I have my box of things that I buy myself to help them out.
There must be a balance. We are preparing them to be contributing members of society. Having no/low expectations for students doesn't do anything for them at all.