All this talk in education about poverty being the major reason for poor academic achievement and performance got me thinking: Is it really just poverty? No doubt it plays an important role. Researchers Hart & Risley’s well-cited longitudinal study in the early 1990s found that children in welfare families were exposed to substantially less language at […]
In response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech last Tuesday, Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post has echoed the theme of this education reform blog — if family is so important to education, then why are all the reforms targeted at charter schools and teachers?
There is strong consensus that poverty is at the root of America’s education problem — not teachers or public schools. Poverty in turn, affects a child’s learning and achievement, and subsequent opportunities in life. There needs to be a combination of solutions: one more broad-based, and one more education-focused.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wrote an article in today’s Washington Post, School Reform: A Chance for Bipartisan Governing, emphasizing the important role both Democrats and Republicans have in rewriting NCLB to address its “one-size-fits-all mandates, its teach-to-the-test mentality, and its lack of teacher investment. Can those bold steps for schools really overcome poverty?