The webinar will discuss three common approaches for making sense of why people experience poverty: (1) individualistic/deficit approaches, (2) grit approaches, and (3) structural approaches. Paul Gorski is especially interested in why individualistic approaches, rooted in the most misunderstanding, are so alluring to people who think of themselves as “helpers” of “the poor.” After discussing why individualistic approaches can’t work, and how the fact that they can’t work is what makes them so popular, he will demonstrate how structural approaches can work, using the example of education systems in the United States and elsewhere.
About the Speaker
Paul Gorski is the founder of the Equity Literacy Institute.
The webinar is part of the John D. Gerhart Center's webinar series: The Aftermath of COVID-19: The New Social Impact Ecosystem, with the aim of discussing concepts that are currently not mainstream and may, or perhaps should, become mainstream in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.