A recently published study by Anandi and colleagues, “Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function (Science 30 August 2013, Vol. 341, no. 6149, pp. 979-980)” show poverty reduces cognitive abilities. The impact of crime on cognitive performance is also documented. The most important lesson schools can learn from the study is that students like the farmers are affected by poverty. Poverty and crime concerns consume mental resources leaving less for learning. This requires school policy changes in order to improve student learning. Understanding how poverty and crime impact student learning is critical. Many students in the USA public schools come from high crime and economically disadvantaged areas. These conditions may require change of school policies with changing economic conditions if the study is supported by more studies.
September 10, 2013