Poverty from an Educational Stand-Point

Amidst all of the current media of the economic European crisis, the post-or-present recession here in America, and the unwavering flat-line of the unemployment rate as the 2012 elections draw near, it may come as a surprise to say that our children are also facing a few critical issues of their own. Education is being hammered every day as the funding dwindles- less money means less qualified teachers, less elective programs being offered and fewer students receiving a proper education.

Money, however, is not the major player throughout our country’s schools. Poverty has taken the lead in this game. The number of students residing in destitution is steadily increasing everywhere, whether in rural, urban or suburban areas and it will probably keep rising if someone doesn’t do something to resolve these issues as soon as possible. This can ascertain whether or not a child will benefit from their education. There are many studies implying that poverty can have a dangerous outcome on the social, emotive and physiological structure of kids, leading to poor academic gain at school. If a child is not given the upper-hand in life, is it really fair to expect him or her to excel as well as a more prosperous peer? I believe that improved supplies are needed for all students to really be considered equal.

Leave No Child Behind

While some students in these unfortunate environments do excel, many of the schools do not provide the proper materials to truly assist them intellectually (textbooks, pencils, scantrons, etc). With hundreds of students attending these schools and no quality resources, the risk of never leaving poverty is extremely high. Even as more people enroll into college every day, high school drop-outs are fast becoming the norm. Uncertain as to where the next meal might come from can make it pretty hard to think of school as a priority. Some students don’t even receive proper health care, depending upon the school nurse for treatment of which she cannot always provide.

Academic Shortcomings

Kids growing up in poverty are not awarded as many experiences as a child whose parents are more stable financially. Deficient in literature and finance in the home, students are missing enriching educational and literary experiences, such as a trip to the zoo or museum. Educators in poorer school systems already know this… but what can they do to help? Educational Instructors and You Truth be told, teachers of seriously impoverished systems are no strangers to seeing multiple students originate from unbecoming situations. Instructors strive to help their students overcome these issues, but they cannot face it alone. They need your help in bringing voices to the hundreds, even thousands, of students that wake up to poverty each day. Through PTA meetings, community services and church gatherings you too can lend your voice to a child needing to share her story. As a parent myself, I understand that the crucial step it takes to stand up for your child may be hard, but I also understand that this may be the only time in which someone will listen.

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