University of Lehigh asked the teachers at his business school to advise the new Biden administration in his areas of experience through short videos "table of the kitchen table". But the brief talk of the poverty professor, including her relationship with race, was divisive, and that the issue needed a more exhaustive analysis, the university said. Then, after temporarily eliminating the video for review, Lehigh disgusged him along with an additional context of other academics.

The result was not ideal for anyone involved. The professor at the center of the controversy feels bad for Lehigh, while some of his fellow faculty members are disappointed that the video was published first. Many students feel wounded by the words of the teacher. But the incident and resolution offer a potential framework for other institutions that deal with cases of equally offensive speech: make a room for and model academic criticism, and be transparent about the process.

Frank R. Gunter, professor of the economy, published the video of Him to the Biden Administration, called "three myths relating to poverty", at the end of last month. In the clip, Gunter explains that he wants to dispel the following "widely sustained" beliefs about poverty: which is "mostly a matter of race", which is a "generational curse" and that the poor do not have "no agency". / P>

Regarding the first point, in the race, Gunter says it is believed that "blacks are poor and most poor people are black." While this was the case from 1940, it says, in 2019 there was "8.1 million blacks below the poverty line, which is only 24 percent, which is only a quarter of all the poor in the country ".

Gunter presents firm data on economic mobility to refute the second point in generational poverty. Returning to the SHAKIER terrain, Gunter then summarizes the research of Brookings institutions on "simple things", poor teens should do to join the middle class: finish high school, work full time, wait until age 21 for Wedding and having children after marriage.

"Those three options will eliminate the possibility of falling below the poverty line in the rest of their life," says Gunter on the clip. "If you violate the three rules, it has a probability of 76 percent that you finish poor ... the idea that the poor are poor due to great economic forces, which do not have another option, that do not have options, is also a myth. "

lehigh answers

Shortly after the publication, Gunter began to face the criticisms of the students and the members of the faculty about his analysis. Among his questions: Why did the Gunter discussed only African-Americans and not other people of color with respect to poverty and race, and why did they refer them as "black" instead of black people, what is Consider much more appropriate? Why did he not clarify that, although blacks constitute 24 percent of the Americans, they are approximately 13 percent of the general population? And why did the gunner escape poverty as a series of "options" without addressing any of the barriers to exercise the choice of poverty?

In a long post on your personal blog, Amardeep Singh, English teacher in Lehigh, wrote that Gunter video "uses data very, although the true source of the visceral reaction, many students have had to His arguments probably come from his language and rhetoric ". The presentation of Gunter "aims to suggest that the Government Pol

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