Required Reading: The Cost of Child Poverty

My post on child poverty and teaching (Should We Teach “Other People’s Kids” Differently?) was my blog’s most popular and am I grateful for the positive, reflective, and action oriented comments from readers. We can do better.

In Thursday’s Washington Post Valerie Strauss wrote about a new report from ETS and Rutgers University on the effects of Child Poverty on education and our nation’s economy.

The report is brilliant, chilling, and forward thinking. It describes clearer numbers for our nation’s child poverty rate; asserts that the current edreform agenda is not focused on poverty, despite claiming to be, and that many of the efforts have the potential to further push the high- / low-income achievement gap; and suggests action steps.

by pol sifter used under Creative Commons lic
by pol sifter used under Creative Commons lic

Everyone in the world of education or anyone interested in improving our national economic situation should consider the report required reading: Poverty and Education: Finding The Way Forward.

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