Mr. Miranda's Message

“Where is your agenda planner?”

In poverty, planning is not important.  

Generally, there are no nest eggs, college funds, or savings accounts for a raining day. If one is lucky enough to have a job, then one lives check by check. Children of poverty don't carry agenda planners, and if they have one, there is nothing in it.

However, too many teachers expect all students even these to be organized and ready to go. It is quite possible that the teachers are oblivious to the reality poverty. They simply assume that having an agenda and being organized is common sense. Therefore, a student who doesn't have his agenda planner is "unorganized" "lazy" or even "ridiculous". Teachers need to know that "planning" is not even a priority when one comes from generational poverty.

The bottom line is that organizational concepts need to be taught to help these students break the cycle of poverty. A "with it" educator knows that

--if these students cannot develop the ability to plan, they cannot predict.

--If they cannot predict, then they cannot identify cause and effect.

--If these students cannot identify cause and effect, then they cannot identify consequences.

--If students from poverty cannot identify consequences, then they cannot control impulses.

--If they cannot control impulses, then they'll have the inclination to misbehave--or worse.

How would one teach a quadratic equation then?

For the children that come into our classrooms from poverty, failing to know how to plan and therefore not planning, truly means planning to fail in more ways then one.

Therefore, to give them a fighting chance, one has to squeeze in lessons on Planning and Organization along with the usual academic curriculum.

Yours for Education,


                                                                             Marcos Miranda


Too many administrators believe that classtime is better spent on prepping for state exams. Be cautious when teaching time management around them. Don't.