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  •  There is a lot of interesting research that has (2+ / 0-)
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    been done on interaction styles within families and how those styles affect learning and teaching.

     I think another way to look at things is that the American school system copies middle class interactions, (questions and answers, even when the answers are already known).

    These are the types of things that can be taught to teachers by good professional development to help them instruct students who are from different cultural groups.  That is one of the big things unions have insisted upon that people don't know about, professional development.

    •  There was an interesting study recently (3+ / 0-)
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      I can't put my finger on it at the moment, but a recently published study that was meant to look at any differences in the variety of vocabulary used in households of different income levels found there was an even larger difference in the total volume of words used, or put another way, the time spent speaking to the child (in this case, infants).

      Now, before we dump on poor people, there's an obvious reason for this -- wealthy people have more leisure time and less stress. It's one of the many ways that poverty is self-perpetuating not because of the personal failings of the poor but because of the structure of poverty itself.

      There's a whole lot of ways we as a society could address this issue -- raising the minimum wage a whole bunch would be a good place to start -- but some rich people somewhere would have to be a little less rich, so I guess we can't so that.

      Conservatives believe evil comes from violating rules. Liberals believe evil comes from violating each other.

      by tcorse on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 07:13:23 PM PDT

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      •  Some of our kids come to us from hard-working (4+ / 0-)

        families who are not literate in any language. Those kids have far less home support than kids whose families are college educated, even to the extent that those families value education and want to send their kids to college. Those families need extra support from the school and the community, and programs to provide it are getting cut instead of augmented.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 07:18:49 PM PDT

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        •  Absolutely (5+ / 0-)

          I was blessed beyond dreams to have two professors for parents. I recognize it as an extraordinary and completely unearned privilege.

          (And Romney thinks he did everything all by himself.)

          I now teach at a decidedly working-class university. Anyone who thinks low-income parents never take an interest in their kids should take a job answering my phone. But I also see very clearly the relationship between the linguistic attainment of parent and child.

          Only a society that fully addresses the needs of both the parent and the child will ever solve these problems.

          Conservatives believe evil comes from violating rules. Liberals believe evil comes from violating each other.

          by tcorse on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 07:28:29 PM PDT

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