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A Look into the Causes of Poverty in the U.S.

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"Are more and more people in the western world dropping off the radar and becoming the invisible poor or is the opposite happening?  We recently heard that an astounding 46 million Americans are officially below the poverty line (That's $23,050/year for a family of four according to the official sources).  That number really caught our eye and as such we decided to do a little more digging to help put some more facts and figures around it.  Above is a nice visualization of the results we came up with."


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Niu Zi Bin's curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:00 PM

Is this happening in other developed nations?

 

Ivan Koh's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:37 AM

This is my insight using See-Think-Wonder.
From this statistic, i can see alot of statistic about the number of people who are poor and the people's opinion related to poverty and welfare. In the article, i can see that 46million american are considered to be poor, and form the authors opinion, to prevent porverty, we should manage our wealth and make sure that we earn more than we spend.

I think that from the statistics, most people are poor mostly due to the fact that  they were uneducated in alot of ways. From the statistics, 1.2 million students drop out from high school every year. Thus, these people were mostly uneducated and cannot find a proper job, leading to drugs and borrowing of money. i also think that most people are poor because they are lazy and do not want to help themselves, as agreed by half of the americans that the poor are not doing enough to help themselves, and by 43% of americans that people who are poor can find a job if they are willing to work.

This article and statistics makes me wonder why american governments are not doing enough to educate students the importance of jobs and studies. Because people who are poor can actually work, but are too lazy to do it, this also makes me wonder why the government are giving money to the poor when they are able to help themselves 

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:36 AM

The insight of this article merely showed that more and more people does not really have  a good financial health, which also has translated into people wer e "invisible poor" especially those living in the western world. Comparison had been made on its poverty line between USA and UK statistics.

In my opinion, managing a country's budget its not an easy task, this is because a country need competitive global presence and to boost the economy. People need to produce more and more services outside its own country.

I have often thought that a country's population does have an impact on a country's economic growth.

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Concentrations of Wealth and Poverty

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Greg Russak's curator insight, December 18, 2013 9:11 AM

Amazingly clear and detailed "view" of where wealth is concentrated. Drilling into zip codes shows remarkable details without being overwhelming. This is simultaneously revealing and mesmerizing. As I looked at it, I couldn't help wondering how and why it is that the people living in the vast "dark" regions of the South and the Great Plains insist on voting against their own economic self-interests by voting for representatives who insist on the lie of trickle-down economics and persistent austerity as the strategy for prosperity.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, December 18, 2013 9:59 AM

See where the wealth and poverty are in America using this great map.

Ishwer Singh's curator insight, January 20, 6:56 AM

This picture shows the cocentrations of poverty and affluence.  The areas hilighted in yellow show the areas which are wealthy and the dark blue showing the poor. This coincides with the amout of pay and the education levels in these countries. Areas such as Boston, New York and Washington show high cocentrations of affluence. These areas also have much higher education systems and more well -paid jobs. Countries which are highlighted in dark blue are countries with lesser education and lesser paid jobs. This shows the  extent at which poverty can affect a country.

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Failing before school: the gap between children in high and low income families has led to a dangerous disadvantage with those in poorer families more likely to suffer from serious social and emoti...

Failing before school: the gap between children in high and low income families has led to a dangerous disadvantage with those in poorer families more likely to suffer from serious social and emoti... | Poverty and Affluence | Scoop.it

The clear links between early child development and later adult outcomes do not bode well for children of the poorest families, who, as new research has shown, are much more likely to exhibit clinically relevant social and emotional problems than their wealthier peers, writes Yvonne Kelly.


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Yansheng Xu's curator insight, February 3, 2013 5:35 AM

OfAmericanchildren with the highesttest scoresineighthgrade, only 29% of those fromlow-incomefamilies ended upgoing tocollege, comparedwith 74% of those from high-incomefamilies.Children from higher-incomefamiliesenjoy an advantageincompeting for the top slots.Young people with highest-income families seem happier with life overall and middle income kids feel the most financialpressure.

Wei Quan's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:30 AM

From what I can see from the article poverty has cause education to be
unfair. This has also affected their social health to as the poorer children had to cope with peer pressure too.
I think that this is happening not only in a country but all including Singapore and could not be solve so easily. This problem will turn out to be even bigger if we do not try to contain it properly.
After i have read the article, I had been wondering why is this happening more and more when technology advances.

Brandon Gopilan's curator insight, January 19, 8:57 AM

I have seen and read about the poverty that rules the people , it is not discriminating at all, be it child or adult. But the children, from what I can see, they do not even go to school due to the poverty that they are forced to live with. After reading this article, I have seen that even in education, poverty still follows the children and bring them down in their studies. And I have ;earned that for the minds of the 3-year-olds to 5-year-olds, they need a conducive learning environment and such, or else they won't develop. From this article, I have 2 questions in mind. First being "How much endurance can these people take in their impoverished states?" and "Do people ,when educated, rise from poverty?"

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U.S. AID education/poverty infographic

U.S. AID education/poverty infographic | Poverty and Affluence | Scoop.it

An excellent infographic that highlights the importance of education in the process of fighting poverty.  Why is education (especially women) so pivotal for development?  Should this change how we think about humanitarian aid?       


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Fiqah Nasrin's curator insight, January 27, 8:37 AM

From this article i get to know that a child who born to an educated mother will benefit more than a child who born to mothers without an education. Quite a number of women in the world are without a proper education. Is it fair to women without a proper education to be condemn to be told that their child will do poorly rather than a child of an educated mothers. Their child would eventually suceed through hard work and support from their family.

Zemus Koh's curator insight, January 27, 10:11 AM

From this infographic, I can see the importance of education and how it can impact us in our lives. Education is key as it can help us in many ways such as being able to teach our offspings survival skills and also help us to earn more so that we can bring up a family and support them. However important education is, it still comes with a price. As such, many are deprived of this oppurtunity to be educated even though education is somewhat considered a neccessity. Other benefits of education to women include a lesser chance of contracting STDs and also having a higher chance to immunize their children compared to non-educated women. Since education is a key to survival and an important part in our lives, why is it that no effort is made to promote this or to fund more projects that help the less fortunate to get a chance to be educated?

Fiqah Nasrin's curator insight, February 23, 7:28 AM

This article tells me that a child who born to an educated mother will benefit more than a child who born to mothers without an education. Quite a number of women in the world are without a proper education. Is it fair to women without a proper education to be condemn to be told that their child will do poorly rather than a child of an educated mothers. Their child would eventually succeed through hard work and support from their family. It stated that most children who drop out from school are girls and most of the people cant read live in developing countries. In this century i am sure that proper education are given to those who could not afford it as everyone want to succeed. I think that it does not matter if a child's mother is without an education as they can succeed if they work hard and opportunity is given to them.

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Report blames Coalition for Scots poverty - News - Scotsman.com

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A NEW report on poverty in Scotland has blamed the UK Government for worsening the social divide but warned that even under independence Westminster would still “constrain” the way the country is run.

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Increasing the minimum wage is only a half answer to poverty

Increasing the minimum wage is only a half answer to poverty | Poverty and Affluence | Scoop.it
Parties also need to reduce childcare and housing costs, improve the quality of part-time jobs and create better progression routes for low paid workers.

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other things like corruption need to be taken care of also.

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Olivia Win's comment, January 27, 11:47 PM
yes, i agree that increasing the minimum wage is not fully preventing poverty, but only one of the means to try to prevent poverty. there are still quite alot of things to be taken care of in poverty. as poverty is a very serious condition that most people all over the world knows about it, not alot of people is helping out with it. major changes in the society have to be done in order to help with out with poverty.
Olivia Win's curator insight, January 28, 10:58 PM

yes, i agree that increasing the minimum wage is not fully preventing poverty, but only one of the means to try to prevent poverty. there are still quite alot of things to be taken care of in poverty. as poverty is a very serious condition that most people all over the world knows about it, not alot of people is helping out with it. major changes in the society have to be done in order to help with out with poverty.

Krithigah Muthukumar's curator insight, February 23, 1:18 AM

I agree that increasing wage is not the only solution for poverty.

Not just in London is there problems like this. In the news I have heard that though we have an increase the wage all over other expenses are increasing in price. Some people have to take of old people, little children bedridden therefore many expenses are to made. While reading this article I thought of the government supporting the family in poor income or people who really cannot effort the expenses they have to make this way it will be helpful for the people who needs help. It seems obvious that raising the minimum wage eg. like increasing take up of the Living Wage would reduce in-work poverty by increasing overall household incomes. I am still confused about an increase in the pay still isn’t enough for the people. Why cant the government help the people in poverty. Is it that hard to help them? Or why is the increase in wage isn’t enough. Why do they exceed their expenses?  . 

  
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The brutal truth about how childhood determines your economic destiny - Salon

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A Look into the Causes of Poverty in the U.S.

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"Are more and more people in the western world dropping off the radar and becoming the invisible poor or is the opposite happening?  We recently heard that an astounding 46 million Americans are officially below the poverty line (That's $23,050/year for a family of four according to the official sources).  That number really caught our eye and as such we decided to do a little more digging to help put some more facts and figures around it.  Above is a nice visualization of the results we came up with."


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Niu Zi Bin's curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:00 PM

Is this happening in other developed nations?

 

Ivan Koh's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:37 AM

This is my insight using See-Think-Wonder.
From this statistic, i can see alot of statistic about the number of people who are poor and the people's opinion related to poverty and welfare. In the article, i can see that 46million american are considered to be poor, and form the authors opinion, to prevent porverty, we should manage our wealth and make sure that we earn more than we spend.

I think that from the statistics, most people are poor mostly due to the fact that  they were uneducated in alot of ways. From the statistics, 1.2 million students drop out from high school every year. Thus, these people were mostly uneducated and cannot find a proper job, leading to drugs and borrowing of money. i also think that most people are poor because they are lazy and do not want to help themselves, as agreed by half of the americans that the poor are not doing enough to help themselves, and by 43% of americans that people who are poor can find a job if they are willing to work.

This article and statistics makes me wonder why american governments are not doing enough to educate students the importance of jobs and studies. Because people who are poor can actually work, but are too lazy to do it, this also makes me wonder why the government are giving money to the poor when they are able to help themselves 

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:36 AM

The insight of this article merely showed that more and more people does not really have  a good financial health, which also has translated into people wer e "invisible poor" especially those living in the western world. Comparison had been made on its poverty line between USA and UK statistics.

In my opinion, managing a country's budget its not an easy task, this is because a country need competitive global presence and to boost the economy. People need to produce more and more services outside its own country.

I have often thought that a country's population does have an impact on a country's economic growth.