Children From Poor Families : Cognitive Development And Other Areas

1532 Words Oct 10th, 2014 7 Pages
How would you react if I told you that you might not understand this essay as well as your peer will if you were from “a low-income family” and your peer was not? It would simply be an appalling and provocative conclusion. In the article by Michael Alison Chandler, a report that “children from poor families lag in cognitive development and other areas” is presented with possible resolutions to fix the disadvantage that children from low-income families suffer in areas of academic, social and overall mental strength. While many might agree that the disadvantaged nature of an impoverished home in today’s society would harm or hinder the children’s “cognitive development,” this claim is, however, flawed in its core due to the fact that a human’s cognitive functions depends on more than the influence of economic factors that surrounds his or her situation but on a combination of biological, social and economic factors.
As a product of a poor family, I refuse to agree that I “lag in cognitive development” or in much harsher yet equal words, mental growth. According to the tests (in Chandler’s report), “less than one in five third graders from low-income families score at or above the national average in math…” This statistic fails to specify the demographics of these third graders as third graders from an urban setting may test differently from third graders from a rural or even suburban setting. The type of environment a child grows up in impacts his or her academic performance…

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