How Does Poverty Affect Education

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A child 's acquisition of skills in early childhood is significantly impeded by a low-income socioeconomic environment in which a child is raised in and more specifically the parenting that a child in a low-income home receives. Parents in poverty stricken homes are less likely to provide supplemental education, such as reading to their children or helping with homework, which has a lasting effect on the child. In "Whatever It Takes" Paul Tough describes two studies that highlighted this issue. Betty Hart and Todd Risley conducted a study which concluded that by the age of 3 children in welfare homes have heard 10 million words as compared to their average-income counterpart who have heard 30 million (Tough 42). They also found that children …show more content…
They focused primarily on the effects that poverty has on access to resources and experiences that influence the development of a child 's skills. They suggest that in early childhood the main factors that influence a child come from their environment and parents. Even before a child enters a classroom he/she has already started to develop literacy skills and every experience which that child has impacts their skill acquisition. In low-income homes, parents are less likely to be able to afford books or pay for trips to academic venues, while this may seem like a trivial aspect of a child 's life it actually has an effect on the child 's acquisition of …show more content…
From the moment a child in a low-income home enters school they are already falling behind their average income peers. Low-income children typically read at a lower grade level and have a less advanced vocabulary. They have received less academic stimuli, more discouragements from parents, and less exposure to learning conducive environments than their peers. While in school low-income children receive less help on their homework from parents and less supplemental learning outside of school. By third grade, children who are not reading at grade level are more likely to drop out of high

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