Poor Kids Are Starving for Words.

(The Atlantic) According to a 2012 report by the Brookings Institution, less than half of poor children show up to school prepared with the early math and reading skills, emotional and behavioral control, and physical well-being needed to be ready to learn, and that disadvantage persists into adulthood. The report continues, “children with higher levels of school readiness at age five are generally more successful in grade school, less likely to drop out of high school, and earn more as adults, even after adjusting for differences in family background.” Much of this disadvantage has been attributed to what researchers call the “word gap.”  Read Article

Isaacs, Julia B. (March 2012). Starting School at a Disadvantage: The School Readiness of Poor Children. Brookings Institution – Download Study

Publication:      The Atlantic
Author:             Jessica Lahey
Publish Date:   10.16.14