Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Stephen Krashen on poverty and literacy

Prof. Stephen Krashen 12-08-2011 from Chicago Teachers Union on Vimeo.

Here are some of the highlights:
  • The tougher standards movement is built on the premise that schools are broken.
  • If you control for poverty, the US does very well in comparison to affluent students from other countries.
  • The US has the highest level of children in poverty in the Industrialized world. 1 in 5 children live in poverty in the US (1 in 10 in Alberta and 1 in 25 in Finland)
  • Better education will only get you a better job if jobs are available.
  • The STEM crisis is a hoax. There is no shortage of engineers.
  • If you want to do something about housing and education, first take care of poverty. Housing and education will take care of themselves.
  • Poverty is the problem.
  • There is practically zero correlation between international test scores and subsequent economic development.
  • The impact of poverty on children is gigantic. Lack of food. Lack of healthcare. 
  • Poor children have practically zero access to books.
  • Study shows that in affluent areas children have access to over 200 books while children in poverty have access to less than 2 books at home. School is not levelling the playing field.
  • Children in poverty have practically nothing to read.
  • We must protect children against the affects of poverty.  This means three things: food (free and reduce meals). School nurses (medical care). Books and libraries (literacy)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much Joe for posting this video of Dr. Krashen's presentation. As always, it is informative and inspiring. I will definitely be sharing this w/ colleagues.

    Any chance that you could post the resources that Dr. Krashen mentions at the beginning of the presentation?
    Thanks again for posting!
    Jamie Camp


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