Are High-Poverty Schools the Most Boring?

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When funding cuts limit the resources for a well-rounded curriculum, and federal mandates tie incentives and punishments to a narrow range of academic achievement, who gets hit the hardest?

A new article in Salon.com looks at student boredom as an enormous factor in student dropouts, and as influenced by variables like funding cuts, political priorities, and limited school capacity to deliver highly effective instruction. The article posits that poor students feel these effects the most.

” . . . since state education budgets are generally allocated through formulas that prioritize aid to low-income students, districts with the bulk of such students often take the greatest hit. Once again, it seems likely that the poor are suffering from the most boredom.”

Larger classes, bare-bones curriculum, and a standardized testing culture (replete with pep rallies) are making school boring for the most vulnerable students–and this article argues that they are responding by dropping out in droves. Do you agree that school is more boring now than when you attended? If so, are the effects worse at high-poverty schools?