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Sun Jan 6, 2013, 03:42 PM

Editorial: Real hurdle to education reform is poverty

There is nothing easy about trying to boost academic outcomes for poor kids.

That is why we’ve supported a range of aggressive interventions for the Chicago Public Schools over the years, including school closures, charter openings, turnarounds, improved teacher evaluations, a longer school day and changes to teaching tenure, hiring and firing rules.

We remain convinced those interventions can make the difference at individual schools, for individual kids and, across all schools, can move the needle slightly.

But until society and our schools figures out a way to deal, in a comprehensive and systemic way, with child poverty — a parent’s income and educational level is the biggest predictor of school success — the odds of major improvement are low.

The Chicago Teachers Union has been pressing this point with greater urgency in recent days — and we applaud it. It released a report this month laying out the undeniable link between a parent’s wage and school achievement.

more ... http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/17268148-474/editorial-real-hurdle-to-education-reform-is-poverty.html

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proud2BlibKansan Jan 2013 OP
sleestak smile Jan 2013 #1
proud2BlibKansan Jan 2013 #2
sleestak smile Jan 2013 #8
Viva_Daddy Jan 2013 #3
LWolf Jan 2013 #4
proud2BlibKansan Jan 2013 #5
sleestak smile Jan 2013 #7
LWolf Jan 2013 #9
sleestak smile Jan 2013 #6

Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 03:58 PM

1. You're assuming that education is the goal of the U.S. 'education system'

 

Recommendations:
Dumbing Us Down
http://www.amazon.com/Dumbing-Down-Curriculum-Compulsory-Anniversary/dp/0865714487|

The Underground History of American Education (free online)
http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.html

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Response to sleestak smile (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 04:07 PM

2. Welcome to DU!



I'm a teacher and we have been having lively discussions on this topic for some time now.

I was just thrilled to see the Chicago paper finally recognize the impact of poverty on student achievement. This is really a victory.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 09:13 PM

8. look at the effects of poverty on diet and nutrition

 

then look at the effects of nutrition on academic achievement

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 04:11 PM

3. GOP has no plan to deal with poverty, except to make it worse.

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Response to Viva_Daddy (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 04:26 PM

4. Neither do neoliberals.

Nobody in the mainstream political system has any authentic plans to address poverty.

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Response to LWolf (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 05:36 PM

5. +1

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Response to LWolf (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 09:11 PM

7. poverty is partially a result of the current monetary system

 

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Response to sleestak smile (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:09 AM

9. And, in other news,

it's cold out there this morning.

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Response to Viva_Daddy (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 09:11 PM

6. It would appear that is the plan

 

Who benefits?
Who benefits from a poverty stricken, unhealthy population?

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