Some subscribers to MathEdCC might be interested in a recent discussion-list post "Re: The Word Not Mentioned in the Debate: Poverty" [Hake (2012)].
Q. What's poverty got to do with math education?
A. See #11 below: "Failure of U.S. Public Secondary Schools in Mathematics" [Marder (2012)] at <http://bit.ly/KPitWM>.
An abstract is:
******************************************** ABSTRACT: Diane Ravitch in her hard hitting "Diane Ravitch's blog" <http://dianeravitch.net/> wrote in an entry "The Word Not Mentioned in the Debate: Poverty" at http://bit.ly/RfuGY4:
"Poverty. 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):
"Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress show that more than 40 percent of the variation in average reading scores and 46 percent of the variation in average math scores across states is associated with variation in child poverty rates." - Ladd & Fiske (2011)
REFERENCES [URL's shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 04 Oct 2012. Hake, R.R. 2012. "Re: The Word Not Mentioned in the Debate: Poverty," online on the OPEN AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/QJWvds>. Post of 4 Oct 2012 12:56:14-0700 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 <xxxxx> with a provision for comments.
Ladd, H.F. & E.B. Fiske. 2011. "Class Matters. Why Won't We Admit It?" New York Times Opinion Piece, online at <http://nyti.ms/vx3nub>.