Teacher’s Beliefs about Poverty

I found this article to be one of the most interesting out of all the articles about poverty and education.  This article dealt with the issue of poverty in a very different way. The way that they dealt with this issue was in expressing that  socioeconomic status is very strong determinant for student success but also a teachers misconceptions lack of knowledge about poverty were just as much a factor about success as anything else.  

In this article, they reviewed data that had to deal with things like IQ and RTI but also they dealt with the teachers and how they viewed poverty.  They asked the teachers several questions regarding what they felt about poverty.  They asked questions about certain assumptions that these teachers had.  They asked questions about hard work and its effect on poverty, what difference schools could make, how they felt there school compared to other schools, and what socioeconomic class each of the teachers came from.  

When they did this they found there were several things they had in common. These teachers had made assumptions based on their own biases, lack of education, or their own socioeconomic background.  Many of the teachers in the study made assumptions but did not take into account the reality of where there students were coming from. When the teachers made these assumptions they did not offer the correct responses to their student’s difficulties.  Also, if the teachers were not educated about the effects of poverty or they were brought up in different socioeconomic circumstances they could offer the proper support to their students because they did not understand how or what their students were going through.  In doing this and asking these questions the researcher came up with several remedies to these problems that these teachers where experiencing. 

Some of the suggestions that these researchers came up with were that teachers should be more educated in the effects of poverty, more administrative support to help teachers assist their students, early identification of extra help, and more studies and research in this particular field of study.

In conclusion, if teachers and educators follow these suggestions and learn more about their own misconceptions about poverty, maybe we can help these students and make their educational experience a beneficial one.  


Chandler, R. (2014). Teachers’ Beliefs about Poverty and the Impact on Learning Disabilities Identification in a Poor, Rural School District. Rural Educator35(3), 31-  39.


The Effects of Family Poverty on Academic and Behavioral Outcomes


Poverty is a horrible thing to suffer through especially as a child, but what’s worse is its effects can last a lifetime.   According to article, by Hopson and Lee there are great deal of risk factors that are involved with living in poverty.  Some of the risks associated with being born to poverty are higher dropout rate, and lower standardized test scores.  These issues can be very detrimental to these students and cause them a lifetime of struggles

Several detrimental effects of poverty on students are that it causes a great deal of stress on the students which makes it hard for students to focus.  Also, many of these students do not feel safe due to the fact that many of these children live in low income areas where they are sometimes surrounded by violence.  Although, these factors can be overwhelming to students and can cause serious problems to their health and emotional well-being there are things that can be done to help these students.

Several remedies have proven to be beneficial to help improve the performance of students who live in poverty.  One of the remedies that has been shown to help students in poverty is providing a positive school environment both socially and academically. When teachers do this they help make their students feel safe and comfortable which is something that many of these student’s may experience as home for a variety of reasons.  Another tactic that can be employed to help these students is helping create social support systems in the school.  Many schools are currently employing this with social programs and counseling and these things are helping to support students academically but also emotionally.

According to this article, poverty has numerous negative effects on our students but it can be helped with social interventions, and providing a beneficial and positive climate for our students. If we can do this we can close the gap and give our students who are born into poverty a chance to have the same opportunities as their wealthier counterparts. If you as an educator deal with these issues I highly recommend this article to help you understand your students and how you can help them become more successful.

Hopson, L. M., & Lee, E. (2011). Mitigating the effect of family poverty on academic  and behavioral outcomes: The role of school climate in middle and high school. Children &Youth Services Review33(11), 2221-2229.    doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.07.006


Effects of poverty on academic failure and delinquency in boys: a change and process model approach.



There are many problems that face educators today.  Some of these problems are lack of funding, and teachers, lack of support from administration and lack of support from home. Often times these issues can be overwhelming to teachers and they do not know how to handle them. That is why looking into research can be an informative process especially when you are dealing with issues that are as severe as poverty and its effects on students.

Poverty is an epidemic that causes numerous detrimental effects within our society. It especially  affects our students emotionally, academically, and socially.  According to the article by Pagani, poverty is the cause of numerous problem within our students.

In this study by Pagani, they research the effects of poverty and how it is directly  related to academics and delinquency in boys in school.  It details the prevalence of these problems within low income students and how it affects them.

This article is important because we as educators, should be informed of these issues because it helps us understand where some of our students are coming from and also how we can help our students overcome these disadvantages. It gives data, methodology, and possible solutions to deal with this problem.  We as educators are often at the forefront and face these problems firsthand in our classrooms, and if we understand where our students are coming from and why they may behave the way that they do  we can then better educate them and help them succeed.

Pagani, L., Boulerice, B., & Vitaro, F. (1999). Effects of poverty on academic failure and     delinquency in boys: a change and process model approach. Journal Of Child Psychology &     Psychiatry & Allied Disciplines, 40(8), 1209-1219.

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We Can Overcome Poverty’s Impact on School Success


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).


Focusing on Factors that Affect Children in School



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.

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