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Monday, September 29, 2014

Why the kids who most need arts education aren’t getting it

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“Though the benefits of art education are very real (see here for a list of 10), it is one of the big, unfortunate casualties of the high-stakes testing era, with its laser focus on math and English Language Arts — especially in schools with big populations of students who live in poverty.” (more)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Why Education Trumps Poverty in ‘Schools That Work’

Forbes – Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

“Of course, poverty throws up huge obstacles. And then great schools help students clear those barriers away.” (more)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Child poverty rate declines in America for first time since 2000 (+video)

The Christian Science Monitor – Mark Trumbull

“Poverty in America declined in 2013, and the poverty rate went down faster for children than for adults – which is notable not only because they are children but also because the poverty rate for children has long been higher than for adults.” (more)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The real crisis in public education: Guest opinion

Oregon Live – Ramin Farahmandpur

“With all eyes on the governor’s race this fall, incumbent John Kitzhaber is touting his record in reforming public education. The good doctor has misdiagnosed the patient. Oregon’s education system suffers not from a poverty of policy, but from a poverty of investment.” (more)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

U.S. diet quality improves, but gap widens between rich and poor

Reuters – Shereen Lehman

“A new study of Americans’ eating habits finds that people are choosing more healthy foods and less of the unhealthy ones, overall, and consumption of trans fats has plummeted over a decade.” (more)

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)