August 21, 2006

Poverty reduces vocabulary

'We're playing a catch-up game'The volume of words spoken in households each week is tied closely to family income, said Elementary School Principal Charles Cook. The disparity in word count between poor families and wealthy families is staggering.

"Extrapolate the difference over a few years, and that's millions of words," Knutson said. "We're playing a catch-up game."

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