There has been a fair amount of publicity about a recent study that showed that living in poverty affected children’s brains. It sorta’ reminds me of studies I’ve seen that show that people who live in low-income communities are sick more often — I wonder how much money is spent on studies that demonstrate the obvious.
Such deficiencies are reversible through intensive intervention such as focused lessons and games that encourage children to think out loud or use executive function.
Of course, helping people to organize to change the poverty conditions apparently wasn’t mentioned as a possible solution.
Susan’s blog also pointed out a letter written by Stephen Krashen in response to the article and study and, like pretty much everything Krashen writes, it’s definitely worth reading.