Poverty: The state of being poor; a lack of something.
Socioeconomic status: Of, relating to, or involving a combination of social and economic factors.
Disparity: containing or made up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements; markedly distinct in quality or character.
From the blogger janresseger we are told,
“At a Federal Reserve Conference on Economic Opportunity & Inequality in Boston last week, Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve Chair, delivered a speech on inequality in which, according to Bloomberg Business Week, she said, “public education spending is often lower for students in lower-income households than for students in higher-income households,” and described inequality in public education funding as a primary factor that blocks opportunity.”
When public education concentrates on engaging the gifts and talents of all of our children, it will begin to address the disparities that exist within our current system of education to reduce the impoverished conditions of our urban populations.
Keeping children inside school buildings preparing for tests does little to address the conditions of poverty that deny families the opportunity to visit museums, art galleries, cultural centers, other cities, states, or countries.
When public education concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all of our children, the more than four billion dollars of educational funding will be spent providing all of these and more opportunities for all children so that they can observe, discuss, and learn together in a positive nurturing environment, surrounded by knowledgeable, caring adults who provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum to their students while forming interpersonal relationships with families within the entire school community.
Janressenger ends with this, “Janet Yellen named public spending on education as a primary “building block for expanding opportunity.” A pattern of continued tax cutting and austerity budgeting across state governments is instead deepening inequality.”
It is time we understand the difference between addressing poverty and ending the disparity that exists in our current system of education. All of our children deserve to experience all life has to offer so they can offer life all they have.
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