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Closing the ‘word gap’ between rich and poor

Research in the early 1990s showed that, by the age of 3, children born into low-income families heard roughly 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers. Research since then has revealed that the “word gap” factors into a compounding achievement gap between the poor and the better-off in school and life. New research […]

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Language gap between rich and poor children

Research by psychologists at Stanford University reveals that two year-old children of lower-income families may already be 6 months behind in language development. By age five, children of lower socio-economic status score more than 2 years behind on standardised language development tests by the time they enter school.

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