Friday, October 05, 2012

not one word about poverty...,

aera-l | Lots of talk about the middle class. Tax cuts for the middle class. Saving the middle class. Doing more for the middle class.

Not one word about poverty.

No mention that nearly 25% of the children in the world's richest nation live in poverty. Not one word. The overriding influence of poverty on educational achievement has been noted in, e.g. (alphabetical order by author):

1. "Our Impoverished View of Educational Reform" [Berliner (2005)], at;

 2. "Poverty and Potential: Out-of-School Factors and School Success" [Berliner (2009)],

3. "Whither Opportunity? Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children's Life Chances"   [Duncan & Murnane (2011a)] at;

4. "Economic inequality: The real cause of the urban school problem," [Duncan & Murnane (2011b)] at;

5. "To Improve Schools, Fight Poverty, Education Expert Says" [Gosier (2011)], online at;; - the expert is Stephen Krashen;

6. "Re: Economic Inequality: The Real Cause of Urban School Problems #2" [Hake (2011a)] at;

7. "Is the 'Teacher Effect' the Dominant Factor in Students' Academic Gain?" [Hake (2011b)], online at;

8. "Is the 'Teacher Effect' the Dominant Factor in Students' Academic Gain? #3" [Hake (2011c)], online at;

9. "Class Matters. Why Won't We Admit It?" [Ladd & Fiske (2011)] at;

10. "Education and Poverty: Visualizations of World, US, and State-level Educational Data" [Marder (2011)] at;

11. "Failure of U.S. Public Secondary Schools in Mathematics" [Marder (2012)] at;

12. "The hard bigotry of low expectations and low priorities" [Ravani (2011b)] at;

13. "Unaddressed Link Between Poverty & Education" [Schaffer (2011)] at;


Big Don said...

The middle class is more's what keeps the poverty class alive (e.g., Obamaphones, Obamacare, EBT cards etc.)
Otherwise the poverty class would die - see foto below...

CNu said...


We can forget about lucidity, it's in moments like these that you demonstrate the full extent to which racism has devastated what little ever served you as common sense.

Big Don said...

I'll see your coal miners (they actually middle class, make $60K-$70K) and migrant farm workers and raise you--->
The latter would have been vulture bait as a baby, Sudan style, without the overtaxed middle class paying for her phone, monthly EBT stipend, Sec8,

Big Don said...