Sunday :: Sep 16, 2012

Making Life Work for Poor Children


by Mary

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, had a profoundly interesting show this week that goes to the root of the problem all the educational reform is trying to do, namely how to help children succeed.

Ira introduced the show by saying that he had been covering the Chicago schools for years and there has long been a question about how much teachers can be responsible for the success of their students and he wanted to bring forward some new research that provides some truly effective things that help children succeed.

He talks about the new book, How Children Succeed, by Paul Tough which looks at the problems which afflict many of the children who don't succeed. What scientists found was that children who do poorly don't do poorly because of poverty, but because they lived under great stress and there are a number of things that can be done to help them with the stress. Ira devotes the program to why there is real hope that kids can be given the tools to cope with and recover from the stress so they can be successful.

It was a wonderful, surprisingly optimistic program. You can listen to it here.

And you can find out more about the book here.

Using standardized tests to measure the children isn't one of the solutions. Maybe somebody should give Rahm Emanuel a copy of the book.

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