November 10, 2010
For years, one of the biggest gender-gap issues in education concerned girls and STEM—the educator’s acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. Boys seemed to have an advantage over girls in these fields. Fortunately that’s changing, but now we have another gender-gap issue, and this time it’s the boys who are coming up short.
October 20, 2010
According to recent US Census Bureau reports, more than 20% of children under 18 years of age live in poverty, the highest child-poverty rate in 15 years. That’s 15.5 million children.
Unfortunately, poverty and illiteracy are closely connected. Nationally, 1st graders from low-income families have 50% smaller vocabularies than their peers from higher income families. Before they even enter school, children living in poverty face a host of challenges that their wealthier peers do not: food and housing insecurity, poor health care and unsafe environments, limited exposure to books and language.