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The link between poverty and (mis)education

When it comes to economic inequality, and the cycle of poverty, I have been researching at my internship (New HaveScreen Shot 2018-01-30 at 2.32.06 PM.pngn Reads) how the lack of proper education contributes to the cycle of poverty.

Specifically, the lack of suitable education, or education at all, provided for women creates a cycle of illiteracy, which results in the inability to gain tools necessary to make an income.

Nearly two-thirds of illiterate adults worldwide are women, it is estimated that 496 million women 15 years of age and older are illiterate. The cycle of Screen Shot 2018-01-30 at 2.31.29 PM.pngpoverty is parallel to illiteracy rates. While efforts have been put in globally and nationally to improve the quality of education among women, those who missed out on the proper education early on in their formative years still feel the effects today. It is estimated that if a student is not reading proficiently by the 4th grade, that student has a 78 percebt chance of never catching up.

This is a factor to the wealth inequality and income inequality rampant in our country. While the statistics provide information globally, improper education among America’s youth definitely serve as a catalyst to perpetuate the income gap the nation faces.

By Sarah DeMatteis


I wish I’d written this, Part CCXX

fundamentalist-bible-david-haywardSally sends this: “The dark rigidity of fundamentalist rural America: a view from the inside.” I think it’s an interesting take on the Elites Don’t Get White Pain,” or some such thing.

Here’s a tough part:

At some point during the discussion, “That’s your education talking,” will be said, derogatorily, as a general dismissal of everything I said. They truly believe this is a legitimate response because to them education is not to be trusted. Education is the enemy of fundamentalism because fundamentalism, by its very nature, is not built on facts. The fundamentalists I grew up around aren’t anti-education. They want their kids to know how to read and write. They are anti-quality, in-depth, broad, specialized education. Learning is only valued up to the certain point.

Phew. That hurts. But how far off is it? My brand of fundamentalism taught me to question everything, and that sometimes meant deep, in-depth questioning. But I get the point.

The most and least educated among U.S. religions


If you run your finger down the list, there’s my beloved “Churches of Christ,” with just 18 percent with a college degree. This is astounding to me. There was a lot of talk about college in my youth group. We were all going, period. I think I always assumed that was the attitude at all the churches. You’re going to college. Period.

Rapture = School’s out forever

The Texas state Supreme Court has sided with a family that chose not to educate their children whilst awaiting the Rapture. The court did not, however, define how and whether home-schooled students should be educated.

(For you uninitiated, here’s more on what means “the Rapture.”)

As Mike the Heathen says — well, I stole the headline from him. As Jac says, stupid is OK if you’re waiting for the Rapture. Either way, thanks to the both of you for alerting me to yet another example of Christians Gone Wild.®


Because I’m one proud teacher…

Screenshot 2016-04-20 20.43.44Please, if you have a moment, go to the blog written by students in my COMM4500 class (a senior seminar at University of New Haven).

At the beginning of the year, I had each student write down what they knew about wealth and income inequality. Some were pretty well informed, and some, not so much, but we’ve spent the semester examining everything from health outcomes to housing to clothing (sweat shops) and beyond. We’ve talked about taxes and fairness and racism and the gender gap, and they’ve challenged me and themselves in ways I couldn’t have imagined back in January.

I told them early on that if they got 10,000 views on the blog, I’d buy them pizza. As I write this, they’re at 11,845. The pizza arrives in class on Monday afternoon, and since the students have exceeded all expectations, I told them if they hit 15,000, I would tear up the final and they could consider themselves done once they write the last blog next week.

So please: Help push them meet their goal. This is an incredible group of students and I can’t wait to see what they make of themselves.

Why do we keep lying to children?

AfrAm-sharecropSherry sends a story about Texas education policy, from the Washington Post.

So, really: How do you teach the Civil War while only lightly touching on slavery? How many more generations will be taught that states’ rights — not slavery — was the issue? Because let me tell you, once those children grow up and find out the truth, they’re gonna be piiiiissed.

I was.

If something sounds too good to be true…

stock-photo-12686598-afraid-businessman-running-away-from-a-big-foot…then run — don’t walk — the other way.

The recent Congressional budget agreement promises to do all kinds of magical things, but mostly? From Robert Greenstein, founder and president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the agreement, if approved:

would eviscerate substantial parts of the federal government — including parts that have previously enjoyed bipartisan support

That includes more than doubling the draconian cuts wrought by sequestration, which would affect (again from Greenstein):

education, job training, infrastructure, scientific research, medical research, veterans’ health care, child care, and many other important areas. Starting in 2016, sequestration will cut them by an average of $37 billion a year, on top of the cuts that the BCA’s tight funding caps already impose.


BCA is the Budget Control Act of 2011, and the emphasis in that paragraph is mine. In fact, this whole charade, from Stan Collender at Forbes, may be worthless.

And thanks, Leftover, for the links. You can read more about the budget conference agreement here.