A missing link in efforts to close the achievement gap
Via the Bay Area Edupreneurs list-serve:
Equity Matters Research Review No. 6
Healthier Students Are Better Learners:
A Missing Link in Efforts to Close the Achievement Gap
NATIONAL–“Healthier Students Are Better Learners“ brings together the most recent findings in fields ranging from neuroscience and child development to epidemiology and public health. Charles Basch focuses on “educationally relevant health disparities” in seven areas — vision; asthma; teen pregnancy; aggression and violence; physical activity; breakfast; and inattention and hyperactivity — that disproportionately affect the educational opportunities and outcomes of urban minority youth. He argues that unless they are addressed in a coordinated fashion at the federal, state and local levels, efforts to close the education achievement gap will be compromised. Nevertheless, he strongly emphasizes that while these seven areas are important, “the expectation is not that every urban public school should have the same priorities,” and priorities may vary according to local need and capacity.