Earlier today, I posted about a new study showing that social emotional learning isn’t enough — that poverty causes a lack of self-control and perseverance and it’s not the other way around.
Since that time, several other articles have come out on the same research, and I thought I’d collect them here, along with other articles on similar topics:
I’ll start off with my piece, Social Emotional Learning Can Help, But More Research Shows It’s Not Enough.
Poverty strains cognitive abilities, opening door for bad decision-making, new study finds is from The Washington Post.
Poverty saps mental capacity to deal with complex tasks, say scientists is from The Guardian.
Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir – review is from The Guardian, and is particularly interesting. It’s not really about the study, but it’s by the same researchers who elaborate on what they’ve found through much of their research.
Understanding the Cognitive Demands of Poverty on our Students is from Education Week (this is on a different, but similar, study).
Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions is from The Atlantic. I think this quotation from it is particularly important:
As Eldar Shafir, the author of the Science study, told The Atlantic Cities’ Emily Badger: “All the data shows it isn’t about poor people, it’s about people who happen to be in poverty. All the data suggests it is not the person, it’s the context they’re inhabiting.”
How Being Poor Makes You Poor is from The Pacific Standard.
Escaping The Cycle Of Scarcity is from The New York Times. It shares some interesting ideas on how to respond to this problem, but seems breathtakingly oblivious to the need for political action to get the its roots causes.
Teaching A Person To Fish, “Buying The Pond,” & Social Emotional Learning
The crippling thing about growing up poor that stays with you forever is a fascinating and sad article about a recent study on self-control and eating.
This useful article with an unfortunate title, Why Do the Poor Make Such Poor Decisions?, appeared in Medium.
Improving adolescents’ social and emotional lives must go beyond teaching them skills is from Science Daily.
Mindfulness Won’t Save Us. Fixing the System Will. is by Christina Torres.
Author Interview: Enhancing the ‘Mental Bandwidth’ of Students is the headline of one of my Education Week Teacher columns. It’s Part Two of an interview with Cia Verschelden about her book, “Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism and Social Marginalization.”
We have some public schools who have bought in to this mindset that all students needs is to work harder. But we know there is more to success. There is also opportunity and access. https://t.co/kNiYYvwk4b
— Dr. Janice Wyatt-Ross (@JaniceWyattRoss) July 11, 2019