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Richard Hake

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[math-learn] The Overriding Influence of Poverty on Children's Educational

Posted: Dec 14, 2011 3:54 PM
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Some subscribers to Math-Learn might be interested in a recent
discussion-list post "The Overriding Influence of Poverty on
Children's Educational Achievement"[Hake (2011)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: In response to my post "Why Minnesotans Excel at Math and
Other Mysteries of the Nation's Report Card" [Hake (2011)], EDDRA2's
Gary Ravani wrote (paraphrasing): "That children in Minnesota and
Massachusetts excel at math could be explained by the fact that those
two states have child poverty rates (14% and 15% respectively) well
below the national rate of 22%."

Consistent with Ravini's observation, the overriding influence of
poverty on educational achievement has recently been noted in, e.g.
(alphabetical order by author):

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

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

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

d. "Failure of U.S. Public Secondary Schools in Mathematics: Poverty
is a More Important Cause than Teacher Quality" [Marder (2011a)] at

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

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

g. "Unaddressed Link Between Poverty & Education" [Schaffer (2011)]
at <>.

To access the complete 9 kB post please click on <>.

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands
President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the
Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)

". . .let's not pretend that family background does not matter and
can be overlooked. Let's agree that we know a lot about how to
address the ways in which poverty undermines student learning.
Whether we choose to face up to that reality is ultimately a moral
Ladd & Fiske (2011)

REFERENCES [All URL's shortened by <> and accessed on 7
Dec 2011.]
Hake, R.R. 2011. "The Overriding Influence of Poverty on Children's
Educational Achievement" online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at
<>. Post of 14 Dec 2011 09:56:02 -0800 to AERA-L
and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being
transmitted to several discussion lists and are also on my blog
"Hake'sEdStuff" at <> with a provision for

Ladd, H.E. & E.B. Fiske. 2011. "Class Matters. Why Won't We Admit
It?" New York Times Opinion Piece, 11 Dec.; online at

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