Do Summer-Reading Programs Help Poor Kids? Doesn't Look Like It. All newcomers to social policy should receive a mandatory inoculation against easy answers and outsized expectations.
Reading through decade after decade of disappointing results from randomized experiments — probably while attached to one of those torture devices that holds the eyelids open — is the best way to do it. In a new NBER working paper, three researchers use a randomized experiment to evaluate a program that encourages second- and third-graders to read books over the summer. Their results help illustrate the limits of intervention. As background, the “number of books in the home” is sometimes considered an important variable in explaining why educational outcomes for children vary so widely.
Summer break is thought to exacerbate educational inequalities, since children with few books in the home cannot supplement that with school books. The intervention caused students to report reading only about one more book over the summer compared with the control group. This Startup Gives Poor People A Year's Income, No Strings Attached. (Photo: GiveDirectly) A person whom Teresa had never met showed up at her home one day with a remarkable offer.
Teresa and her family would receive what amounted to a year's income, in cash. Nothing was owed in return. She did not have to repay the money, and her family could spend it however they wished. Teresa was at a loss. This scenario has played out thousands of times. Yet, dollar-for-dollar, analysts say GiveDirectly is among the most effective organizations in the world trying to eliminate extreme poverty. Teresa, her husband Odhiambo, and their family. Schools in Poor Communities are Buying Every Student an iPad. Here’s Why it Won’t Close the Digital Divide. The hottest trend in education right now seems to be buying an iPad for every student, especially in high poverty schools.
By providing tablets to students who may not have computer access at home, the theory goes, we can ensure all children in America have the skills they need to succeed in a 21st century economy. But the sudden popularity of iPads among school administrators despite opposition from many teachers and parents should raise questions: Are iPads actually the most effective tool to bridge the digital divide? If our education system is preparing low-income children for the 21st century, what role are they being trained to play: producers of digital content or consumers of it? Working at a community group engaging the public in major decisions on spending new funding in several California school districts, I’ve encountered mostly negative reactions to the iPad trend. With such thin community support, why are they being adopted at such a ferocious pace?
Like this: Why Every Child in America Needs an iPad. My wife and I sat down at a nice restaurant last week.
Our table was right next to a larger party of four adults and two young children — both girls under the age of 7 years old or so. Each of the girls had her own iPad, and each iPad had some high-end noise-cancellation headphones plugged in. One girl was engrossed in a children’s movie, and the other was enjoying a series of apps designed for kids. So of course I whipped out MY iPad and blogged about it. Granted, this scene took place in Silicon Valley, where there’s no such thing as an inappropriate social context for consumer technology and, in fact, in the very town where Steve Wozniak lives (Los Gatos). Letting kids use or own iPads is controversial. Everybody’s asking: Are iPads healthy for children? I’m here to tell you: That’s the wrong question. The right question is this: Is the iPad a healthy *replacement* for TV? The iPad is scary because it’s new. Gosh, thanks, society!
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