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Poverty is a lot more than just an excuse.

The ed deformers say poverty is nothing but an excuse. Yeah kind of the way gravity is just an excuse that we don't float off into space. More and more academic research is coming out showing how debilitating it actual is.  

New research suggests that children who experience poverty early on in their lives may suffer negative brain changes that can lead to lifelong problems, such as learning difficulties, depression and the inability to cope with stress. This is according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics.


http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/268066.php


Childhood socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with cognitive achievement throughout life.


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3575682/


First of all, even if you look only at the direct impact of rising inequality on middle-class Americans, it is indeed a very big deal. Beyond that, inequality probably played an important role in creating our economic mess, and has played a crucial role in our failure to clean it up.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/12/16/opinion/krugman-why-inequality-matters.html

People always say education can be the great equalizer, then they turn around and siphon out resources and kneecap the profession of teaching.  You know why they say poverty is nothing but an excuse? It is because the money it would cost to address it would go into our schools and not into their bank accounts.

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