[Susan notes: Go forth and do likewise. We all need to use the points in this letter in our local media.]
To the editor
Paul Peterson says we should Fix public schools before child poverty, (March 11), arguing that low parental income is the not cause of low school performance. But Peterson agrees with the massive research showing that factors associated with poverty are related to school performance. These include factors Peterson doesn't mention that have a powerful impact on learning: poor diet, lack of health care, exposure to environmental toxins, and little access to books. The best teaching in the world will have little effect when children are hungry, sick, and have very little to read.
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