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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.

How Financial Woes Change Your Brain (And Not for the Better) is from TIME.

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

Some Very Interesting Info On Self-Control Research

Must-Read Article About A Must-Read Study: “Can Upward Mobility Cost You Your Health?”

With Friends Like David Brooks, Social Emotional Learning Doesn’t Need Any Enemies

“Character Education: A Cautionary Note”

The Limits To The Power Of A Growth Mindset (& The Dangers When We Don’t Recognize Them)

Measurement Matters….Maybe Not So Much

The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning

Quote Of The Day: Nicholas Kristof On “It’s Not Just About Bad Choices”

“The Laziness Dogma” & The Manipulation Of Social Emotional Learning

Quote Of The Day: SEL is “not a replacement for addressing root problems in schools or society”

Quote Of The Day: Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills Is Not Enough

Quote Of The Day: Poverty & Self-Control

Quote Of The Day: Gratitude Isn’t Enough

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.

Video: “Better Call Saul” Scene Illustrates The Limitations Of Grit

Quote Of The Day: “Nudges” Aren’t Enough

New Research Shows Why Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Character Education Are Not Enough

Another Study Finds That Poverty Helps Create Lack Of Self-Control – Not The Other Way Around

This useful article with an unfortunate title, Why Do the Poor Make Such Poor Decisions?, appeared in Medium.

The Physical & Psychological Impacts Of Racism

Guest Post: Response From David Yeager To My Question About SEL, Race & Class

What ‘Scarcity’ Does To The Mind & Why Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough

New Research Suggests That “Community Trust” Enhances Self-Control & Long-Term Thinking

NY Times Publishes Best Summary Of Why Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough….

Improving adolescents’ social and emotional lives must go beyond teaching them skills is from Science Daily.

New TED Talk Video: “The boost students need to overcome obstacles”

Using Social-Emotional Learning to Challenge ‘Systems of Oppression’

One Of The More Interesting Studies You’ll Read This Year: Junk Food & Low-Income Families

Another Study Finds Poverty’s Impact On “Cognitive Bandwidth”

“How Income Affects The Brain” & What We Can Do About It

Yes, There Are Problems With The Marshmallow Test, But I Wouldn’t Throw It Out


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.”

Let Them Eat Character


I’m Sick of Asking Children to Be Resilient is from The NY Times.