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Poverty as a Childhood Disease - NYTimes.com

Poverty as a Childhood Disease - NYTimes.com | Social Issues | Scoop.it
More doctors are growing concerned about the effects of childhood poverty in an age when income inequality is increasing and social mobility is declining. Read more…
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How To Break the Cycle of Poverty - National Journal

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How To Break the Cycle of Poverty
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LeVan was one of the first participants in Jeremiah Program, which was founded in 1998 on the philosophy that helping mothers succeed can lift entire families out of poverty.
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Poverty and student achievement: Are we comparing the wrong groups?

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Many impoverished students succeed academically every day. Why do some make it and others don't?

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Tan Yun Sin's curator insight, January 21, 2014 9:43 AM

          I always knew poverty often have a great impact on students. However, that does not mean they have to be different from other students. Not all students who are poor will do badly in academics.

            What I did not know is children who comes from poor family are being compared to children who does not come from a poor family. I strongly disagree for them to be compared as it will increase the gap between the poor and the rich. Instead, we should take note of the students from a poor family who do well in academic because they are the true heroes. They teaches us that no matter what the situation is, we have to be strong.

              On the other hand, students who do well in studies should help those who does not do well in academics. Their financial status should not matter at all. Hence, this will reduce the gap of the poor and the rich and also help in academics.

                 I wonder why some children from poor families can do well and some cannot. Does it have to do with the way the parents teaches their children? Or is it because the students do not believe in themselves anymore? If the poor and the rich are not compared, people will live in harmony, isn't it?

Tony Palmeri's curator insight, October 24, 2015 6:11 PM

I chose this article because it has a brilliant suggestion. Forget comparing privileged students with those in poverty. Achievement is the ultimate goal, since making poor people rich is an impossible proposition. Instead, we should investigate and compare those poor students who achieve and those poor students who do not achieve. What influences are powerful that influence achievement for poor students?