Students that are living in poverty, living under the threat of crime, are lacking sufficient familial resources, are lacking health care, have a parent or parents that are suffering physical or mental health issues or are incarcerated do not perform as well as their more well off peers. As our national education system has come under fire over this last decade, many new educational initiatives and approaches have been applied with what would appear to be nominal results. It would appear that this most recent study and its outcomes seem to suggest what has long been known, the effects of poverty, crime and a general lack of resources may continue to drag U.S. student performance downward.
This affirming news comes at a most inopportune time as the U.S. economy continues to perform poorly and there are many deliberations occurring politically both locally and nationally that are seeking to cut back on government supports for the most vulnerable among us. These cutbacks may keep disadvantaged Americans at a less upwardly mobile position.
As President Obama’s health care program which guarantees health care for every American is about to be implemented, it will be interesting to see if American educational outcomes improve as a result. If this litmus test proves successful and educational outcomes do improve perhaps that outcome would validate claims by researchers that these kinds of government supports that go across all socioeconomic classes do improve educational attainment more than new educational strategies.
If successful, it may also take the bulls’ eye off the back of the American educational system.
Remember all kids count.
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