Disadvantaged Children

Disadvantaged Children

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  • Paperback | 322 pages
  • 152.4 x 215.9 x 30.48mm | 657.71g
  • Elsevier Australia
  • Harcourt Publishers Group (Australia) Pty.Ltd
  • Marrickville, Australia
  • illustrations; map
  • 0151257256
  • 9780151257256

Review Text

Proceeding on the assumption that in an affluent society the problems of poverty are potentially solvable, the authors examine the primary health variable in the matter of educational failure among children and in particular the "excessive educational failure" of American non-whites. Mothers of deprived children are apt to be less well fed and cared for; their children are smaller, weaker with a marked higher mortality; and the school years are characterized by poor nutrition and health care and disorganized family life. With a firm back of the hand to A. R. Jensen, the authors declare it absurd to make judgments about genetic material when the conditions in which the deprived child is raised are so different from the middle class environment. Intervention in the poverty-education-ethnicity cycle without dramatically improved health care will not, they feel produce immediate, dramatic results but action is imperative. Buttressed by charts and extensive research, this is a demanding, drably styled but pertinent entry which further documents an increasingly popular position. (Kirkus Reviews)
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