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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)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

UW researchers show how early stress hurts brain development

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel – Karen Herzog

“A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has shown that chronic stress of poverty, neglect and physical abuse in early life may shrink the parts of a child’s developing brain responsible for memory, learning and processing emotion.” (more)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

GUEST COMMENTARY: Addressing poverty begins with early education

The NW Times – Dennis Rittenmeyer

“The Times is to be commended for taking an aggressive approach on the issue of poverty in our country. We know our economy is among the strongest in the world. And yet many of the social issues demographers across the world consider to be important indicators of quality of life are in fact, serious problems in the United States, including Northwest Indiana.” (more)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Don’t blame poor children for their poor education – give them good schools

The Guardian – Deborah Orr

“A new report says white working-class children are failing at school, and suggests their attitudes and lack of aspiration are the cause. This sounds like victim blaming to me.” (more)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Children’s health harmed by rising poverty

The Guardian – Staff Writer

“As health professionals we are alarmed, dismayed and disappointed by the latest evidence, contained in a new report by Save the Children that 5 million children in the UK could be living in poverty by 2020 (Report, 28 May). The rising statistics and research bear out what we are seeing on a day to day basis: more children with symptoms which are clearly linked to lower standards of living, such as asthma, bronchitis and anxiety-related illnesses.”(more)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Is The Deck Stacked Against Black Boys In America?

NPR – Juana Summers

“The numbers are grim. Black boys are more likely than white boys to live in poverty, and with a single parent. They’re also more likely to be suspended from school and land in prison, and less likely to be able to read.”(more)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Training the Brain to Lift Toddlers Out of Poverty

Science – Staff Writer

“It’s a sad fact that children born in poverty start out at a disadvantage and continue to fall further behind kids who are more privileged as they grow up…But a new analysis of a long-term study in Jamaica shows that surprisingly simple ways of stimulating children’s mental development can have dramatic benefits later in life.”(more)