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Low-class

Today during lunch, a bunch of students were being loud outside of the teacher lounge where we were eating. Nothing new, as 9th graders have no volume control whatsoever. However, a fellow teacher made the off-hand comment that they were acting "low-class." I found this comment interesting, as they ARE low class, economically speaking. Our school is a Title 1 school, so over half of our school population live in poverty.

I'm not sure if I am offended by her statement or the attitude that is behind it. I can be more than a bit classist at times, but most of these students really have no role model at home to teach them how to act "appropriately" - and they consider "acting appropriately" to be "acting white." It isn't really a black or white thing, but much more a class thing.

How can we get minority students to understand how to interact with a middle class world, when they equate that with "acting white"? I have stude…