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Poverty And The Brain

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Growing up in poverty can negatively affect the wiring – and even the physical dimensions – of a child’s brain. This hour, as part of KERA’s One Crisis Away initiative, we’ll talk about how interventions during the middle school years can reverse those changes with Dr. Jacquelyn Gamino, director of UTD’s Center for Brain Health’s Adolescent Reasoning Initiative and assistant research professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

  • James Alias

    I think the training is good and it is a benefit. However, poverty alone doesn’t account for children falling behind. I was born into poverty from uneducated parents, didn’t know how to read or even know my ABC starting the first grade but was reading above the 8th grade level by the middle of the 2nd grade. So the access to education is important, but it doesn’t explain why there is a lack of Hispanic children in Gifted and Talented programs which tests IQ levels not your current educational levels.

    The number of children in Gifted and Talented versus the number of children by race and by income do not match what one would expect. Also, I am not saying the program isn’t worthwhile, I am just saying poverty alone isn’t the problem.

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