We as educators know how much a child’s home life and socioeconomic status affect our students. It is a proven fact that students who have had the advantages of preschool, and financial stability have a greater chance of educational success as opposed to students who do not have these advantages. Unfortunately, when students do not have these same advantages in life it greatly affects their ability to perform well in school. It is our job as teachers to find out how we can help our students overcome these obstacles and become successful in school and in life.
It is this reason that I thought the article by Rebell and Wolff was beneficial. In the article, they discuss the impact of poverty on a child’s performance in school. It cites research that discusses how the U.S. poverty rate is one of the highest in the world and how these children are directly impacted by this. They then go on to discuss how we can help to improve the performance of these students in school by giving insight and examples of ways that students who are struggling in school can be helped. The specific examples they discussed that could help students succeed were providing early childhood education, making sure students receive services they need, and changing education standard to make sure students are reaching their potential.
I highly recommend this article. It is a short but is very insightful and will be a wonderful resource for teachers or others working with underprivileged youths and are looking for ways to help these students become successful in school.
Rebell, M. A., & Wolff, J. R. (2012). We Can Overcome Poverty’s Impact on School Success.Education Week, 31(17).