Walking into her office in early December in her tiny very very “high poverty” rural elementary school, sinking into her chair, principal Alison Dwier-Selden sighed and said, “I have learned that looking forward to Christmas is middle class privilege.”
There are undeniable facts about poverty in America, and Alison’s quote is one. Hunger is another. A lack of safety is a third. Health risks, limitations on certain experiences, exposure to violence, are others. Undeniable.
As we end our school year, we must remember that some students are not looking forward to summer vacation. School gives them stability.