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Published: 19 January 2017

248 Pages


ISBN: 9780190459031

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Behind from the Start

How America's War on the Poor is Harming Our Most Vulnerable Children

Lenette Lessing

  • Connects the dots between our public and political discourse and our public policies, and examines their effects on poor young children.
  • Takes liberal and conservative politicians and pundits to task in equal measure.
  • Challenges the conventional wisdom that school reform and/or universal preschool have the capacity to significantly reduce the achievement gap between poor and non-poor children.
  • Is written from the perspective of a scholar who has spent most of her career on the front lines of programs and policies affecting poor families with children.
  • Challenges the conventional wisdom that programs deemed as being "evidence-based" offer the most promising approaches to overcoming intergenerational poverty.
  • Shows how the child welfare system often contributes to the poverty cycle by allowing children to languish for years in our inadequate and sometimes dangerous foster care system.
  • Connects the popular topic of neuroscience with U.S. public policies.

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