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Leaving Too Many Children Behind
A Demographer's View on the Tragic Neglect of America's Youngest Children

This report, written by Dr. Harold Hodgkinson, and published by the Institute for Educational Leadership, argues that key assumptions driving standards-based school reform and accountability testing do not fairly and adequately deal with the effects that poverty, low parent education levels, child abuse, neglect, and other factors, including race, have on a child's chances before they start first grade. Using data from recent Census and other reports and studies, the report describes a variety of old and new conditions that confront many of America's children. The report also challenges views on how to best address many of the issues that educators are expected to overlook or overcome.  While acknowledging some positive signs (e.g., 10 states invest substantial resources in early childhood needs), Dr. Hodgkinson outlines recommended action steps, including convening a governors' summit, to help amplify the issue and increase the numbers of organizations and resources joined in response. This report is available at http://www.iel.org/pubs/manychildren.pdf.

(Reprinted with permission of the Institute for Educational Leadership, http://www.iel.org)





 

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