(Mic.com) -- What should be done to improve the lives of poor children in the United States?
The answer in popular conversation today focuses on education as Democrats across the country push for universal preschool. For many education reformers in either party, enterprising charter schools are considered the best way to improve the social mobility of disadvantaged children. Teach for America, a program that places high-performing college graduates in low-performing public schools, is widely perceived as the most esteemed public service program in the nation.
But what about life outside the classroom? Low-income students with access to better education still face countless other obstacles that their socioeconomically fortunate peers do not. They tend to have worse nutritional intake, less stable households, higher family stress and so forth. Those hurdles create disparities in everything from cognitive development to the formation of a social and productive personality.
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