A Column About Poverty Programs Creates a Stir and Raises Legitimate Questions

Margaret Sullivan has concerns that the due to Nicholas D. Kristof’s exceptional reputation, his recent work may have unforeseen repercussions.  Kristof is a two time Pulitzer winner and recently wrote a column on poverty programs in Appalachian Kentucky.  He claims that parents are pulling their children out of literacy programs for fear that they will lose their Supplemental  Security Income for having a child with an intellectual disability.  Sullivan feels that Kristof’s reporting was sloppy in that he did not get solid sources and did not do the appropriate amount of legwork and follow-up given his grand claims.  I found this article particularly interesting as an educator.  Although I am happy to see that there is an ongoing national conversation about illiteracy, I have concerns that this may have done more harm than good.

Click here to read the full article by Margaret Sullivan in the New York Times Opinion Pages.

 

Iñaki Ormaechea

 

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