NPR says that a 1980s study on early childhood education that has been cited 8,000+ times is not valid

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NPR says that a 1980s study on early childhood education that has been cited 8,000+ times is not valid

Jun 03 2018

NPR's All Things Considered calls into question a 1980s study on early childhood education that has been cited more than 8,000 times:

Did you know that kids growing up in poverty hear 30 million fewer words by age 3? Chances are, if you're the type of person who reads a newspaper or listens to NPR, you've heard that statistic before.

Since 1992, this finding has, with unusual power, shaped the way educators, parents and policymakers think about educating poor children.

But did you know that the number comes from just one study, begun almost 40 years ago, with just 42 families? That some people argue it contained a built-in racial bias? Or that others, including the authors of a new study that calls itself a "failed replication," say it's just wrong?

Source: NPR

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