There are many factors that impact children and their performance in school, but there are not any factors more devastating to a child than poverty and family life. According to the the article by Anderson, these factors are the primary reasons for students to not succeed in school.
According to the article, poverty can form a cycle from which the child cannot escape. Many children who grow up impoverished usually live in concentrated low income areas where they are surrounded by others who are living in poverty also. These children then go to neighborhood schools in these areas which are underfunded and not supported by government programs thus perpetuating the cycle. It is this reason, that poverty can be cyclical and difficult to escape.
This article then went on to discuss specific solutions that they felt would be beneficial. The solutions that they discussed were that with direction from teachers parents could be taught how to be more involved and learn about what their students are working on in schools. Also, the article discussed how schools could also reform their policies to help students progress and overcome their obstacles.
In conclusion, this was a very informative article about poverty and students. If you are interestied in learning more about this topic you can read the article to find out more about these issues the discussed and how we can help our students succeed.
Anderson, R. R. (2015). Focusing on Family: Parent–Child Relationships and School Readiness among Economically Impoverished Black Children. Journal Of Negro Education, 84(3), 442-456.