Poverty Cuts Off Your Long-Term Brain

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I was admiring Nelson Mandela’s words yesterday and thinking about racism and poverty. When I want better schools, I can’t start the conversation without thinking about the context of those schools. Schools are very much a reflection of the society around them. Some argue that we cannot change schools without changing society. So can we change society? What are more kids in poverty now than twenty years ago? This alone would indicate a failure of society, not the schools into which we send poor kids! And all I can see from my little perch, is that we do not have the will power to stop our short term thinking and embrace the harder conversations that lead to long-term thinking and successful societies. I came across Andy Smarick’s column and he advised looking at this Atlantic magazine piece on the “how” of poverty: