Class Discussions

Essential Questions:

  • How will success rates increase for all students when educators surface and confront classism in the schools and community?
  • ESP staff, administrators, service workers, teachers - Do we surface/ignore class in the ICSD?
  • Do we teach about the working class? If so, how? If not, why?
  • Do we teach about struggles for racial, economic, and social justice? If so, how? If not, why?
  • What implications do the issues raised in "Class Dismissed" have for our work?
Major Understandings:

  • Economic class privilege leads to disproportionate student success in the Ithaca City School District.
  • If we always do what we have always done, we will get what we have always gotten. Change is required.
  • Stereotypes about economic class impact our thoughts and actions.
  • We need to broaden what we define as success in the ICSD, so that we effectively prepare students for meaningful and rewarding opportunities that extend beyond attending the Ivy League.
Brief Description:
In this workshop we will watch the 60 minute film “Class Dismissed.” The film is narrated by Ed Asner, and “navigates the steady stream of narrow working class representations from American television's beginnings to today's sitcoms, reality shows, police dramas, and daytime talk shows.” Following the film, the presenter will facilitate a discussion about the ways in which economic privilege impacts student success in the Ithaca City School District. In addition, we will generate an action plan for “next steps” to be taken to support current efforts to eliminate race, class, and disability as predictors of student success.