Helen F. Ladd

How Poverty Hampers Education

One of every five American children lives in poverty—more than in most other developed countries. U.S. educators and policymakers thus have every reason to look closely at the educational difficulties poverty creates—and take active steps to correct the problems. But lately the exact opposite has happened. Disadvantaged schoolchildren are left to fall behind, because reforms like No Child Left Behind pretend that poverty is unimportant.