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ERIC Number: EJ857642
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
The "Quiet" Troubles of Low-Income Children
Weissbourd, Richard
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n5 p4-8 Jan 2009
Most of the troubles poor at-risk children have are not "loud" problems like disruptive behavior or gang involvement. They are "quiet." The range of these problems is vast. Hunger, dehydration, asthma, obesity, and hearing problems can all insidiously trip children up in school. Some quiet problems are psychological--depression, anxiety, the fear of utter destitution. Others are less easily categorized: not having a quiet place to read, not having money for books or a computer, not being able to manage transportation to after-school activities. There are many strategies to help stem these quiet troubles. Some will require schools to partner with other agencies. To address quiet problems effectively, it's also critical for schools to develop data-driven implementation and accountability systems. People need to make these problems visible and make them a priority in school policies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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