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Richard Hake

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

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:

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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 <http://bit.ly/nCkmKv>;

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

c. "Class Matters. Why Won't We Admit It?" [Ladd & Fiske (2011)] at
<http://nyti.ms/vx3nub>;

d. "Failure of U.S. Public Secondary Schools in Mathematics: Poverty
is a More Important Cause than Teacher Quality" [Marder (2011a)] at
<http://bit.ly/fjUquC>;

e. "Education and Poverty: Visualizations of World, US, and
State-level Educational Data" [Marder (2011b)] at
<http://bit.ly/nYC6eF>;

f. "The hard bigotry of low expectations and low priorities" [Ravani
(2011b)] at <http://bit.ly/sUZ17T>;

g. "Unaddressed Link Between Poverty & Education" [Schaffer (2011)]
at <http://bit.ly/tbckql>.
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To access the complete 9 kB post please click on <http://bit.ly/tUU65W>.

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)
<rrhake@earthlink.net>
<http://www.physics.indiana.edu/~hake>
<http://www.physics.indiana.edu/~sdi>
<http://HakesEdStuff.blogspot.com>
<http://iub.academia.edu/RichardHake>

". . .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
question."
Ladd & Fiske (2011)

REFERENCES [All URL's shortened by <http://bit.ly/> 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
<http://bit.ly/tUU65W>. 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 <http://bit.ly/tBZEY4> with a provision for
comments.

Ladd, H.E. & E.B. Fiske. 2011. "Class Matters. Why Won't We Admit
It?" New York Times Opinion Piece, 11 Dec.; online at
<http://nyti.ms/vx3nub>.


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