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  •  25% of American kids live below the poverty line (3+ / 0-)
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    Bronx59, Amor Y Risa, congenitalefty

    I am not sure what your definition of "few" or "destitution" is, but in my mind, this statistic says that quite a lot of American kids are in fact living in utter destitution.

    What it means is that "teach harder" is probably not a good exhortation, and that instead, other and supplementary approaches are important for helping these kids get the education they need and deserve.

    For some kids, you can go with "Go home tonight and read for an hour." For a child who lives in a house that is infernally noisy and has no quiet space, that may not be sufficient. Providing a community afterschool program (which costs money) might be a way to address this particular problem, for example, even if that program might be superfluous in an upscale district.

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

    by elfling on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 04:11:18 PM PDT

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    •  and Finland (2+ / 0-)
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      congenitalefty, Linda Wood

      Finland has 3-4% childhood poverty. . .for perspective

      See how we compare in education when placed in context of poverty:

      •  I respect you so much (0+ / 0-)

        for everything that you write here, and I thank you so much for including this reference.

        However, I'm still trying to draw your attention to the possibility that the children of Finland have less poverty because they have a better schools.

        •  Finland's schools (1+ / 0-)
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          Linda Wood

          Finland's schools are LIKELY more effecting in have impacts because they do not function under the weight of poverty. . .

          Nothing has ever attributed a drop in poverty in Finland or anywhere SOLELY to the impact of schools. . .

          Our schools have important influence here in the US. . .just that most of that impact isn't captured in MEASURABLE outcomes. . .

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