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Sunday, January 2, 2011

1/5 of American Children Live in Poverty

We've been talking about teaching credentials.

Teachers can have bachelor's degrees, master's degrees or doctoral degrees (E.D. or PhD.) but by themselves, the qualifications of teachers won't make up for the fact that 20% of our children live in poverty.

It doesn't matter what Arne Duncan or Bill Gates say. We know what the problem is and we've known for a long time. Not only do we know it, but people all over the world know it. It's poverty.
"The relationship between SES [socioeconomic status] and achievement was consistent across all 20 countries. Students with highest levels of SES, as measured in this study, had an educational advantage over their lowest SES counterparts. This reinforces the associations previously documented in the literature both in the United States and abroad between SES and student educational achievement."
U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES, April 2006)

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