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[Susan notes: Kudos to Krashen for exposing the hypocrisy of
such corporate schemes.]

Published in USA Todau
12/19/2008

To the editor

Address causes of poor development

Experts quoted in USA TODAY's article "Poverty
dramatically affects children's brains" seem to
think that the solution to poor brain development
of children in poverty should consist of
"intervention" that includes "focused lessons and
games" that need to be "incredibly intensive."
This fails to deal directly with the cause of the
problem (Life, Dec. 8).

Children of poverty suffer from malnutrition,
stress and highly toxic environments.

Instead of focusing on intensive drills, how
about providing more and better food, cleaner air
and cleaner water? How about providing more
access to books through improved libraries? How
about ensuring a safe environment where children
can play outside without stress and fear?

The only problem with this solution: less profit
for textbook and software producers.

Stephen Krashen


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