I read, seemingly everywhere about how poverty does or doesn't influence students' performance in schools (including NY Times on poverty, USA Today on assessments Sociological Images on SAT scores, Ed Week on grit, and Brookings on college enrollment/graduation).
But I notice one thing in common among these pieces -- nobody actually seems to know exactly why living in poverty would or wouldn't lead to a change in achievement or attainment. In other words, what is it about living in poverty that drives students' poor performance in schools?
We know students from wealthier families far outperform students from lower-income families in schools, but there's no consensus among researchers and very little knowledge among the general public as to why that's the case. Heck, significant numbers of people still seem to think the relationship isn't even causal.
So, next Monday I'm going to begin a series that draws on my dissertation research to start to answer that question. Expect 2-3 posts per week over the course of the spring as I explore 19 different ways in which living in poverty negatively impacts students' performance in school and what we can do about this.
I look forward to what should be a vigorous discussion . . .