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What lifts children out of poverty? - North Country Public Radio

What lifts children out of poverty? - North Country Public Radio | Education | Scoop.it
What lifts children out of poverty? North Country Public Radio “It's absolutely crucial that we give all our children, certainly all children living in poverty 3 full years of really wonderful rich expensive preschool education, early childhood...
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Poverty Is America's #1 Education Problem

Poverty Is America's #1 Education Problem | Education | Scoop.it
Teachers' unions are not the reason America's schools are in trouble.

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The Lasting Impacts of Poverty on the Brain ~ The Atlantic

The Lasting Impacts of Poverty on the Brain ~ The Atlantic | Education | Scoop.it

by Emily Badger

 

Poverty shapes people in some hard-wired ways that we're only now beginning to understand. Back in August, we wrote about some provocative new research that found that poverty imposes a kind of tax on the brain. It sucks up so much mental bandwidth – capacity spent wrestling with financial trade-offs, scarce resources, the gap between bills and income – that the poor have fewer cognitive resources left over to succeed at parenting, education, or work. Experiencing poverty is like knocking 13 points off your IQ as you try to navigate everything else. That's like living, perpetually, on a missed night of sleep....


"Some new research about the long-term arc of poverty, particularly on the brain, was recently published in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and these findings offer a useful complement to the earlier study....


"Poor children, in effect, had more problems regulating their emotions as adults (regardless of what their income status was at 24). These same patterns of "dysregulation" in the brain have been observed in people with depression, anxiety disorders, aggression and post-traumatic stress disorders.

 

"Over the course of the longitudinal study – which included 49 rural, white children of varying incomes – these same poor children were also exposed to chronic sources of stress like violence and family turmoil, or crowded and low-quality housing. Those kinds of stressors, the researchers theorize, may help explain the link between income status in childhood and how well the brain functions later on. That theory, they write, is consistent with the idea that "early experiences of poverty become embedded within the organism, setting individuals on lifelong trajectories."


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This appears to be important, ground-breaking, scientific confirmation of what many have been asserting for quite some time.


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David Hain's curator insight, November 3, 2013 4:34 AM

Poverty as a 'tax' on the brain - we must address it meaningfully in 21C!

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, November 3, 2013 11:49 AM

Poverty and oppression (racism, sexism and other descrimination) create hurdles in motivation.    The research about bandwidth, that "the poor have fewer cognitive resources left over to succeed at parenting, education, or work,"  goes with the last two scoops about decision-making.  


It's also why programs and services that help interrupt this cycle and provide support, are not just individually helpful but also systemically important.  ~ Deb

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“The New Public” Tackles Poverty and Education - BillMoyers.com

“The New Public” Tackles Poverty and Education - BillMoyers.com | Education | Scoop.it
“The New Public” Tackles Poverty and Education
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The negative impact of poverty on a child's educational achievement is indisputable. Whether the metric ...
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