Tonight was the first night of intersession. I am really excited about this 4-week race with everyone, and although many my students are taking the class as a “requirement,” I do feel that everyone had a sense of urgency in them when it comes to social change. We are going to have fun, I’m sure.
We brought up some major issues tonight; concerning food stamp use/abuse and the inequalities of the program (at least the stepping stone of a discussion on this topic). There were some really strong points raised in class, that I’d like to see developed over the four weeks as well. I especially like the ideas brought forward by two students who suggested (1) paying it forward programs – which rarely exist openly, and (2), the “needy” as defined, participating in their own access to materials. Please consider thinking about this more in depth. It’s possible right? So how?
For tonight’s discussion, we read “Poverty and Hunger among African Americans” which can also be found here . The question is simple… what is the article suggesting to YOU about African Americans and food insecurity/poverty/hunger, and what is your take on such a suggestion? What link between the two is the organization making when it distributes such satistical data – and what do you think?
Once you read Freire (Pedagogy of the Oppressed Chapter 1), you’re arguments for the Poverty and Hunger piece will be even clearer.