There is a vast “knowledge gap” that exists between children raised in affluent and disadvantaged neighborhoods. And the gap is widening in the digital age, as some kids have all the latest stuff and others have little or none.
These are the findings of former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Susan Neuman, who will speak about the gap on Oct. 1 at Manhattanville College.
Neuman spent 10 years studying the knowledge gap between kids in two Philadelphia neighborhoods, the poor “Badlands” and the wealthy Chestnut Hill. She wrote about her findings in last year’s “Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance: Poverty, Literacy, and the Development of Information Capital.”
Among Neuman’s findings: 1,200 well-to-do kids had 16,453 “reading resources” while 7,000 underprivileged kids had 358 resources.
The LoHud is not Philly, but there are certainly similar gaps here between kids in affluent school districts and poorer districts.
Neuman’s talk, part of Manhattanville’s Distinguished Lecture Series, is free and co-sponsored by Manhattanville’s School of Education, Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, and the Teacher Center of Central Westchester.
For information, call 914-323-3152 or email Linda.Putorti@mville.edu.