Take a read of this and see what you think.
For my part I agree – it is the same here in NZ and in the description of poverty I would add
poverty of parenting,
poverty of being talked to and listened to,
poverty of not having emotional and spiritual nurturing
and a poverty of living out of a balanced worldview.
Kids in my experience have an innate learning ability. Just visit any kindy – and then we bugger it up.