Children, Poverty, and Outcomes: Who's Distorting Reality?

Yesterday, I happened upon the latest blog post of Amanda Ripley, an up-and-coming edu-pundit who recently changed focus from how the brain works under extreme duress to how other countries “build” smarter kids. “Reality Distortion Field,” is a frontal assault on Diane Ravitch and others who declare poverty “a problem so intractable that schools cannot be expected to overcome it.” The same debate, she states, gleefully, citing an old story from the New York Times, was used to defend low-performing, segregated public schools in New York City in the 1960s.

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