Earlier this year, I posted The Best Articles About The Study Showing Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough, which highlighted a 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, a number of other articles have been published focusing on that same subject –the cognitive impacts of poverty. Most of them are on that same study, but a couple talk about different, but similar, research.
I’m going to add all of them to the previously mentioned “Best” list:
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 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.