Impact of Poverty on Education

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Poverty has a corrosive effect on children’s educational outcomes.  Children from poor backgrounds enter first grade lagging far behind their peers in middle-class or upper-class families.

Without tremendous individual effort and/or heroic interventions, it has become increasingly difficult for anyone born in the bottom 30% to recover from that poor start and still manage to get a decent education.  Since education is the most important factor in escaping poverty, this becomes a vicious circle, trapping generation after generation in poverty, with little hope of escape.


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