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The Impact of Poverty on Education Access and Quality

A juris doctor graduate from the University of Illinois, attorney Robert Heist also holds certification in director classes from Harvard University. He is the president of R. Connor & Associates P.C, where he solves litigation cases for individuals and companies, negotiates commercial contracts, and manages the associates and paralegals in the firm. Attorney Robert Heist is also a former chairman of the board of managers at Milton Hershey School, a Pennsylvania-based private school that serves children from low-income families free of cost.

Poverty impacts language development and literacy. In most cases, impoverished parents are illiterate, which mostly contributes to their social-economic status. Children in impoverished communities get exposed to fewer words and conversation-encouraging questions and word or context complexity than their more affluent peers. Lack of reading resources and cognitive toys also limit diction and vocabulary.

Also, as comprehension continues after school, the child remains disadvantaged due to a lack of homework and revision materials, such as supplementary reading and writing books.

In the same vein, the material resources extend to space. Learning and internalization require peace, a dedicated learning area, and adequate light such as electricity, primarily unavailable in impoverished communities.

Mobility obstacles also affect consistent access to education facilities. Lack of transport money and means to school and constant movement in search of work or stable housing disrupts any established academic and social progress.

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