Want to see more students thrive in school? Here's a solid list of upstream factors that, addressed proactively, would dramatically improve students' experience of the education system.
"Taking our cue from a range of empirical research, we propose that ‘the problems’ of schools are found in a broader set of social realities existing beyond the school door. These include, but are not limited to:
• mothers’ access to prenatal care;
• children’s access to health care (e.g. pediatricians, dentists, etc.);
• access to preschool and day care;
• employment opportunities for parents that offer a living wage and benefits;
• safe access to green spaces (e.g. parks, gardens, playgrounds, etc.);
• access to local libraries;
• access to affordable housing;
• levels of exposure to toxins (e.g. lead-based paint, asbestos, etc.)."
Read the full paper, "Extending the Responsibilities for Schools beyond the School Door," by Kent Den Heyer and Andrew Pifel, Policy Futures in Education, Volume 5, Number 4, 2007.