No Worse Off? Child Poverty and Punitive Policy Challenge Educators
National FORUM of Teacher Education Journal, Vol. 12(1), 16-26, 2001-02, January 2008
Charles P. Mitchel, Ed.D.
Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy
Charles M Achilles
he Declaration of Independence guarantees Americans the rights of life,
liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Yet more than two centuries later,
social ills abound throughout the United States, creating a vast web of
interconnected social problems that profoundly influence education and
ultimately deny some children their rights. In this article, the authors
summarize the conditions of American schools today and discuss
different facts that affect learning negatively. Education solutions are
also presented - those with successful outcomes as well as those that
have proven inadequate for successful schooling in America.