The American educational system has been at large for the past 40 years. Sadly the only growing correlation I can see with supportive information to back-up my theory is the growing number of poverty in America. The link between poverty and the decline in educational achievement in America is very rarely looked at in the educational system. Many years of numerous academic research show that poor children, or those born to parents who are rather poorly educated also, don’t do as well in school as those students who are raised in a middle-class house. Americas problem of poverty is too big to be ignored in the world, as it has the highest poverty rate in the entire western region of the globe with 22%.
The lack of education leads to further development of barriers such as a financial barrier and poor lifestyle that makes them unable to provide for themselves and their child. Most jobs that do not require a high school diploma only offer a minimum wage and do not offer adequate benefits to meet all medical needs. “key indicators of health, infant mortality rates and low-birth weight rates, were elevated when infants were born to mothers who were less educated” (Flores et al,1998). Considering that statement I believe that the biggest barrier affecting this vulnerable population’s health is education. Vulnerable mothers that do not finish getting their education become discouraged and loose the motivation and drive to tackle the oncoming challenges that life brings, creating for them another barrier on the micro level; it being a financial barrier.
Decreased social mobility is hard on the lower class because without being able to move forward, they are stuck in a cycle of poverty. Quality public education is their best ticket out of the lower class and rebuilding a middle class. The government has to realize that education is such an important tool and the US has been a leader in this since the 1930s, but they didn't stay leaders because their commitment is waning. Higher education is increasingly more necessary, and the costs and competition for spots in these schools are becoming more difficult for people stuck in a sub-par high school or who simply can't afford
‘The Cause and Effect of Poverty in the UK’ Poverty People don’t always understand the causes and effects of this so called ‘poverty’ so that’s why I’m going to explain it. A simple definition of poverty would be; “The state of being extremely poor/ the state of being inferior in quality or insufficient in amount.” Poverty is often highlighted as humans not been able to obtain compulsory features of life such health care, education and in some cases, the essential needs such as water, warmth and shelter. Millions and millions of people, as well as children, face these problems on a daily basis in the UK. Just to get an exact number of these ‘millions’, a study said 2.2 million children and two million working age adults were living in absolute poverty in 2009-10! Causes and effects of Poverty A starting point for causing poverty can be as simple as early age pregnancies.
Poverty is the state of being extremely poor which is the result of low income. Chances are, those in poverty have not a dime to live on. After poverty attacks, it may leave you homeless and in critical health condition. You should consider yourself lucky if you’re not living through poverty’s harsh effects. Why exactly should you learn about poverty?
Children growing up in poverty face many disadvantages such as unhealthy levels of stress making it near impossible to successfully complete college, thus making it harder to escape their surroundings. The poverty rates in some European countries are much lower than in the United States because of programs they have put into place to help the poor and unlucky, leading one to think the government should once again re-declare the war on poverty. Krugman’s article not only shows percentages he also lets his readers know what the findings were from scientific studies. Living in the conditions of poverty is stressful for anyone, much less children. I see the effects that poverty has on many people every day, and always think one day that could be me.
Studies show that, low income home energy assistance program benefits seem to reach families at the highest social and medical risk with more food insecurities have higher rates of low birth weight children (Frank, 2006). The reason behind this is that the money for food is spent on the electric bill when no assistance is provided. In result many children are born with a low birth weight and some even experience a life line of hospital visits. Some children even have a hard time focusing in school because of the lack of energy. Children are blocked from living a somewhat normal life all because the household could not get the financial assistance needed in order to help with their electricity
Other factors also come into place. They include aspects such as education level and income of the person. If one attains very high education qualifications in society, the person is held in high respect thus acquires a higher status that someone who has very little or no education at all (Berry, 2008). On the other side, if one has high income or is regarded as having a lot of wealth, the person will have a higher social status. The special physical features that one possesses
Individuals with lower levels of education tend to deal with economic problems. In this fast growing and demanding era, living cost can be an issue for those who cannot meet the demand. The rent, utilities bills, food and not to mention when it comes to family with children; the diapers, formula, you name it, these basic necessity can be a burden for lower income parents. According to Bureau of Labor Statistic, the median weekly earning of people with no degree is $638 and the percentage of unemployment is 33%. This is due to the lack of interest by the organization to take them as employee.
Poverty is known to be the major cause of school dropouts. The inability to pay school tuitions and fees, to purchase books, and to have the opportunity to enroll in good high schools and universities lead people harshly to leave school. In addition, recent research reveals that a huge amount of school dropouts is the result of poverty, and it does not enable people to enroll in good high school and universities, whereas government is putting a blind eye. In fact, we can notice a lot of poor people in the rural regions who are complaining most of the time that they do not have enough money to afford tuitions simply because these families earn the minimum salary. Students who live and study in an unusual way cannot outperform at school, and this is one reason in which students decide to leave school.