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Childrens' home lives will determine whether or not they succeed in school


In a couple of weeks, America’s children will head back to school, with high hopes for all of them to achieve and succeed. But in reality there will be stark differences in the home lives of these children. Some will come from resource-rich homes where they live with their married, college-educated parents, have access to all kinds of extra-curricular activities, and experience predictable, secure environments.

Others will come from homes where only one biological parent is present. Often, they will have seen their high-school educated parents split up and multiple other partners enter the scene. For them, resources are scarce and TV is often the only “extracurricular activity” they experience. They are likely to feel they just aren’t good at school, and have no real hope of catching up to their peers.

Although children from these different realities are likely to experience fairly similar environments and instruction at school, their home lives will have everything to do with whether or not they succeed in that school environment.


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