Bad Report Card? Blame the Economy

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It’s report card season around America, the time of year when thousands of students and parents wait on pins and needles for what they hope will be good grades. But this year, some, if not many parents, may find themselves disappointed. And here’s why: student test scores tend to drop along with a community’s economy – regardless of whether their own parents have lost their jobs.

Beth Kobliner is here to explain. In addition to being the author of “Get a Financial Life,” she’s also an appointee to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. 

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Contributors:

Beth Kobliner

Comments [4]

Beth Kobliner

It was certainly not my intention to speak negatively about teachers. My father was a principal, and I have great respect for all the hard-working teachers out there. The information about teacher stress affecting the classroom was based on research by economists who have studied this topic thoroughly and found that job loss in a community stresses out both teachers and kids.

Jun. 21 2011 01:12 PM

Did she seriously just call teachers "cranky"? Yet another goon who wants to delegitimize teaching as a profession. This sort of reckless reporting is what's gotten teachers into this mess.

This show just went from really bad to unimaginably worse.

Jun. 21 2011 10:32 AM
Linda from Asbury Park, New Jersey

Your reporting of this story regarding the impact of job loss on student performance slipped into teacher bashing, a national pass-time from which I seek refuge when I listen to public radio programs. To casually comment that maybe teachers grade harder because they are angry discredits the professionalism of teachers and further undermines their status. We are in the "business" of developing human potential and in that way are on the front lines of supporting our nation's economy. Even as teachers are losing benefits, the right to collective bargaining, and are pilloried by so called "reformers," they go to school everyday to care for and educate other people's children. Shame on you for being so careless!

Jun. 21 2011 08:31 AM
Jerome Levitt, Ph.D. from Miami, Florida

One of the most reliable predictors of academic achievement has been socio-economic status. This is measured mostly by the imprecise indicator of students eligible for the Federal Free or Reduced price lunch program. Of course poverty as indicated by this measure is really a proxy for all the stressful life events for people struggling to survive. This study just confirms that the impact of economic distress is not limited to our traditional poor populations but that all children are susceptible to it.

Jun. 21 2011 08:26 AM

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