A calling ...

"We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims."

"Make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone."

- Buckminster Fuller

Monday, March 12, 2012

30 Million Word Gap by Age 3

In the article referenced, Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley demonstrated how low Socio Economic Status results in a rich get richer, poor get poorer model of vocabulary development. Since language development is both a language expectant and language dependent process, the number of language exposures that a child gets in early life matters tremendously. Since a large number of students enter schools lacking automaticity, the idea that every child should be expected to meet the same performance criteria at the same time, or else the school will face sanctions, seems out of touch with reality. A one size fits all mentality is the fatal flaw of No Child Left Behind.