Episode 39: Meet Me at the Margins

Episode 39: Meet Me at the Margins

On April 11, 1734, a tiny notice appeared in the small corner of the Pennsylvania Gazette owned by Benjamin Franklin that read, “Ready money for old rags”. People poured in just as expected. Franklin, the entrepreneur extraordinaire, who also held a license to print paper currency, began to send these rags to the mill he owned to convert it into paper money; thus popularizing the notion, rags to riches. Since then, the American psyche has been steeped into the belief that everyone who has the will and the self-control to influence their life can rise above all odds; including poverty and socio-economic disparity.

On today’s podcast, Dr. Julie Washington from Georgia State University talks about the idea that not only that all learners are not created equal, but neither are their learning environments and many are detrimental to a child’s future. In a society that values autonomy, agency, and everything that says self-made, parents and educators are trying their best to reconcile with those who are simply flailing around. The brain’s Executive Function guides and redirects behaviors and attitudes towards goal-oriented actions and flailing around is a sign of the brain not doing too well. Dr. Washington invites us to dive deep into the complexities of educating the marginalized and the disadvantaged.

About Dr. Julie Washington


Development of #ExecutiveFunction presented through the socio-economic gap; in effect, race, class and attitudes because it impacts the way we engage with the poor and marginalized. @jwashinup ‏@SuchetaKamath Click To Tweet Talking about #ExecutiveFunction, self-management/self-control is devastatingly weakened by the ongoing exposure to and experience of chronic hardship created or magnified by financial insecurity and chronic unpredictability.… Click To Tweet Today’s discussion with @jwashinup‏ centers around the invisible disadvantages created by poverty as they no longer can be ignored because it is a humanitarian and public health crisis Click To Tweet



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Sucheta Kamath
Executive Function Specialist at Cerebral Matters
Sucheta Kamath, founder of private practice (Cerebral Matters®), is an expert in brain training & Executive Function development. She is a TEDx speaker and a recent graduate of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2015. Sucheta will be launching ExQ®, an educational software company that offers accessible, web-based learning management tools for all in Fall of 2019.

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