Comment 117640

By moylek (registered) - website | Posted April 11, 2016 at 15:40:39 in reply to Comment 117638

i agree that we can alleviate poverty through early education initiatives.

And I insist again that we have been trying to do this for more than 200 years with only partial success.

Educational attainment correlates with poverty, yes, but it's not a simple causal relationship. Poor education is one a cluster of outcomes which results from certain kinds of upbringings. To simply grossly: a good education is more of an effect than a cause.

I agree without qualification that a good education must be made available to everyone, but I disagree that the availability of a good education will make the difference for all kids.

And recognizing this really matters. For if we keep pursuing the dream of finding just the right educational strategy which will let kids of all sorts of backgrounds achieve the same quality of education we are dooming ourself to very, very expensive failure generation after generation.

I've been reading a number of books about the history of popular education lately ... an experience which leaves me not cynical but certainly wary of optimism.

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