Concerning the way our world works: Just last month, Hillary Clinton discussed the 30 million word gap.
She spoke at the New America Foundation Summit. This is part of what she said about the gap:
CLINTON (5/16/14): When I left the State Department, I joined my husband and daughter at The Clinton Foundation. I wanted to continue my lifelong work pursuing ways and answers and solutions that could help more people live up to their own God-given potential.Clinton isn’t being asked about this. Tomorrow, we’ll take a short break from “Our month of the gaps” to see what she is being asked.
I was very struck by how difficult it was for so many children to be successful in school, despite all the education reform that we have done and experimented with over a very long time now.
And it really did come home to me that part of the problem is that too many of our children are not getting that very early start in those first years that will enable them to take advantage of advances in education.
Economic pressures on parents translate into less time in interaction with their children, less time reading and talking, and even singing, all of which we now know, which we didn't know 30 years ago, stimulates crucial brain development.
By age three, children from low income families have learned on average half as many words as children from middle and upper income families. By the time they enter school, they have substantially smaller vocabularies than many of their classmates. Experts call this the word gap. And it leads directly to an achievement gap.
So we've launched a public action campaign called Too Small to Fail to give parents the tools and information they need to do their part in beginning to close that word gap, that will give their children the best possible chance in school and later in life.
We’ll visit the fresh prince of Merrywood. We’ll discuss Diane Sawyer’s rather large annual salary.
What do these people care about? Briefly, we’ll think about that.