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