A Different Kind of Word Gap, Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

A Different Kind of Word Gap, Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

The supposed “word gap” between children growing up in white middle class homes, and those from working class and immigrant families has received a great deal of attention in recent months. We have seen the proliferation of interventions that imply easy fixes to entrenched social problems. If parents would just feed their children more words, these children would grow cognitively, achieve in school, succeed in life, and all would be well in the world.

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