Poverty affects success in school even for young kids

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  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 13, 2014 1:45 p.m.

    Correlation is not causation.

    "Poverty" families also tend to place much less value on:
    married two parent family
    work ethic
    reading to children
    staying away from illegal drugs or alcohol abuse
    obeying laws

    Dr. Ben Carson and Justice Clarence Thomas came from really, really impoverished families, and did just fine in schools. Probably because their parent(s) placed great value on the factors above, unlike their neighbors.

    It's not the poverty, but the culture of dependence fostered by liberal policies that doom "poverty" children to failure in school and life.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 13, 2014 10:49 a.m.

    * take one third of all the money spent on wars, and you eliminate poverty.
    * take our national debt and divide it equally among all American adults,-and we're all millionaires.

    So why is there so much poverty?