I have an exam today so I've been doing some practise questions.
I just came across this one:
True or False: Living in poverty affects a child's school achievement rather than their emotional or behavioural states.
My answer: False
Correct answer: True
I thought, in answering the question, no, living in poverty does not just affect a child's school achievement, rather than their emotional or behavioural states. I think living in poverty would affect all those areas; doesn't it?
Apparently not, according to my textbook.
There's a message there for policy-makers: Fix the poverty problem and you'll instantaneously fix the literacy and numeracy issues in Australia too. Sure we'll still have all our emotional and behavioural issues but 40 years in a mundane processing job should beat them out of us.