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Saturday, August 23, 2014

To have and have not

The Economist – Staff Writer

““POVERTY”, wrote Aristotle, “is the parent of crime.” But was he right? Certainly, poverty and crime are associated. And the idea that a lack of income might drive someone to misdeeds sounds plausible. But research by Amir Sariaslan of the Karolinska Institute, in Stockholm, and his colleagues, just published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, casts doubt on the chain of causation—at least as far as violent crime and the misuse of drugs are concerned.” (more)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Increased Child Poverty Rate Disproportionately Impacts The Nation’s Youngest Learners

The Huffington Post – Sara Neufeld

“As big anniversaries do, this one provides a natural opening to look at how we have fared. Trends were both positive and troubling during a time of major demographic shifts: The nation’s population of children climbed from 64 million to 74 million. The percentage of white children declined, Latinos doubled and mothers of young kids entered the labor market in record numbers.” (more)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Poverty and the perception of poverty–how both matter for schooling outcomes

E-School – Andreas Schleicher

“Compensating for students’ socio-economic disadvantage is one of the greatest challenges facing teachers,school leaders and education systems as a whole. However, data from PISA show that some countries are much better at this than others.” (more)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Why world leaders must not give up on education

MSNBC – Bridget Moynahan and Hugh Evans

“…in 2000, the world made a promise that children everywhere would have access to primary education by 2015. And we’re 90% of the way there; the number of children who do not go to school has decreased by 48 million in the last decade. But momentum has stalled.” (more)

A Healthy Child Is a Better Student

Education Week – Irwin Redlener

“No matter how substantial our social investments in curricula, class-size reduction, teacher training, and other strategies for the transformation of K-12 education, we are not going to be able to close the achievement gap until we deal with the factor of health in the equation of school success…we need to ensure that these children are healthy and ready to learn.” (more)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Obama’s ‘Brother’s Keeper’ Program Picking Up Schools, Gaining Steam

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“President Barack Obama began a five-year, $200 million initiative known as My Brother’s Keeper in February, which was slated to help black and Latino youth. This week he announced that 60 school districts would be joining the effort.” (more)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Principals in U.S. Are More Likely to Consider Their Students Poor

The New York Times – David Leonhardt

“The phrase “soft bigotry of low expectations” is inevitably associated with George W. Bush, who used it frequently. But whatever your politics, the idea has undeniable merit: If schools don’t expect much from their students, the students are not likely to accomplish much.” (more)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Experts push early education for poor kids — pre-K may be too late

The Orlando Sentinel – Kate Santich

“For Florida’s 1 million children growing up in poverty, kindergarten — and even pre-K — is too late to start giving them the help many will need to grow into capable, productive adults.” (more)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The big emotional, financial costs of childhood poverty

Philly.com – Dr. Daniel Taylor

“Much the same disparities hold across America, where 43 percent of children live in or near poverty, and the health effects of growing up that way can be life-altering.” (more)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Obama’s new plan to get better teachers in poor schools (+video)

The Christian Science Monitor- Amanda Paulson

“With research findings widely available on websites and Twitter feeds, it’s easier than ever to oversimplify the results—and risk bringing half-formed ideas into America’s classrooms.” (more)