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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rethinking Unemployment: Why We Need to Invest in Children

The Huffington Post – Traci Donnelly

“…to really find lasting solutions for chronic unemployment, we can’t focus only on the unemployed. We have to start in childhood, with measures that help children build on their strengths and thrive despite difficult circumstances. Some of these approaches have already garnered broad support, like universal pre-kindergarten, which closes the gap for children in poverty and helps them enter kindergarten at the level of their peers…Surprisingly, one of our best opportunities to help children find a path to a happy, healthy adulthood is still not widely used, despite a relatively low cost and years of research that shows how well it works. This is an approach based on resilience, the inner strengths, skills and attitudes that help children handle challenges. Resilience has been shown to be crucial for academic as well as lifelong success. Highly resilient students feel more confident and in control, and have better attendance and better grades…Often, children in poverty don’t get the support and nurturing they need to find their inner resources. But the best thing about resilience is that it is easily taught.”(more)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Do Politicians Love Kids?

The New York Times – Nicholas Kristof

“Abundant research suggests that early help for disadvantaged children could chip away at inequality, save public money and help those children reach the starting line…Here’s a rare issue where it’s just conceivable that we could make progress and build a stronger more equitable future for our nation…If our politicians really do love children, here’s a way to prove it.”(more)

This 17-Year-Old Has Given 45 African Girls An Education By Selling Headbands

The Huffington Post – Robbie Couch

“About five years ago, Mary Grace Henry of Harrison, New York, asked for a sewing machine for her birthday. She wanted to design and sell headbands to pay for just one African girl’s schooling. Now, 11,000 creations later, the 17-year-old has sold enough to give 45 girls living in extreme poverty the gift of an education…”When you see a need, act,” Henry said of the advice she’d give to others who want to make change…”(more)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Poor kids get less learning time in schools than wealthy — study

The San Francisco Chronicle – Jill Tucker

“Poor kids in California might spend the same amount of time in school as their wealthier peers, but they spend a lot less time actually learning, according to a UCLA report released Tuesday.” (more)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Why You May Care More About Education Than You Realize

The Huffington Post – Patricia Andrews Fearon

“Those who fight hunger know that, while at times necessary, handing out food is not enough to systemically and forcibly end the problem. Rather, lasting solutions are those that empower individuals and communities to provide for themselves…Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope… It is a bulwark against poverty…it is an agent of family health and nutrition.” (more)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Parents Struggle as Child Poverty Highest in 20 Years

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A recent report published in JAMA Pediatrics finds that childhood poverty in the United States to be at its highest level in 20 years…children who go hungry are more likely to get sick, as well as be subjected to stunted emotional, physical and intellectual development…A separate report from the Department of Education found 1.3 million public school students in the US to be homeless in the 2012-2013 school year.” (more)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Poverty alone doesn’t hinder education in New Mexico

The Santa Fe New Mexican – Robert Nott

“According to a new Legislative Finance Committee report, poverty is no excuse when it comes to a child’s ability to learn.” (more)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Despite Education and Hard Work, Many Poor Stay Poor

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new study suggests that attending school and keeping one’s nose to the grindstone may not be a foolproof plan for getting ahead. The study, conducted by Richard Reeves and Isabel Sawhill, discovered that low-income students who graduate college actually remain in the bottom 20th income percentile (16%) almost as often as rich students who do not graduate college remain in the top 20th income percentile (14%).” (more)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The link between housing policy and student achievement

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“It may seem intuitive that school reform should be focused on what goes on inside schools — but, in fact, such a singular focus isn’t enough, as current reform efforts have sadly shown. It is impossible to divorce a student’s life outside of school with how well he or she does in class… that’s why housing policy has a strong link to education outcomes.” (more)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Poverty The Strongest Factor In Whether High School Graduates Go To College

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they’re from urban, suburban or rural areas.” (more)