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The real 21st-century problem in public education: Poverty ~ Washington Post

The real 21st-century problem in public education: Poverty ~ Washington Post | Poverty Assignment by_Sim Kee Yew | Scoop.it

by Elaine Weiss

 

"The October 2013 Southern Education Foundation study indicates clearly that poverty, which has long been the biggest obstacle to educational achievement, is more important than ever. It is our true 21st century problem. Fifty years ago, we educated mostly working-class kids and up, and we did not expect those at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder to graduate. Now we educate all students, including the very poorest and otherwise disadvantaged. And we expect them all to graduate. Compounding this shift, a large and growing proportion of U.S. students students live in poverty and even concentrated poverty, have a disability, and/or are learning English as a second language. THAT is the paradigm shift, and we need a totally new set of policies to address that 21st century reality.

 

"In 2000, students who were eligible for free or reduced-price meals made up at least half of the student body in four states. Just eleven years later, over half of public school students are poor in 17 states, including every Southern state but Virginia and Maryland, and most Western states. Student poverty is the dominant reality in schools in three of the biggest states – California, Texas, and Florida—and nearly the majority in New York, Michigan, and Illinois. The 21st century has sharply increased the proportion of parents who are unemployed, whose jobs do not pay enough to provide basic food, shelter, clothing, and health care for their children, and/or whose immigrant status limit their capacity to navigate the education system and restrict them to a shadow economy."


Via Jim Lerman
Sim Kee Yew's insight:

After reading this article,I understand that poverty is a big obstacle to educational achievement.I was taken by surprise when I heard that student poverty is dominant in three of the major states which is California,Texas and Florida.I also feel that the number of students that are poor is surprising.I feel that more aid should go to poor students in the areas of healthcare and financial aid.Right here in Singapore,my homeland,I am glad that my country's government is providing this scheme called the "financial assistance scheme" which aims to help those students who have a low household income.The government actually funds the school fees of those in the scheme and the money saved by the student and his family can be used to fill their stomachs.In terms of healthcare,the governments, no matter which country,even Singapore should provide more funded health checks for poor students in poverty.The reason is that the health checks will keep them healthy and bad health will not affect their studies.Thus,they would have a higher chance to shine.

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RitaZ's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:26 AM

Worth reading and so very true in so many regions of the planet!

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80% of AMERICANS Face a FUTURE of Near POVERTY - NO JOBS, NO ECONOMIC RECOVERY

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I feel bad for the people with poverty in the USA.Even though the percentage is only is only 15% of the total american populaton,$6.2 million people in poverty is not a small sum.Before reading the article,I thought that poverty was rare in the United states.However,the fact that most americans in poverty are black americans and the number of black americans in poverty is three times that of the number of whites in  poverty.It makes me wonder why the poor black americans are in poverty because of being economically insecure.Why are the blacks economically insecure then.Is it because of the deep racial prejudice and that blacks are given lesser chances for jobs?Isn't this the same problem faced by african nations in poverty.The world powers do not give enough financial aid to africa  nations and we see world powers helping asian and european countries more.

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People in poverty do not choose it - The Nelson Mail

People in poverty do not choose it - The Nelson Mail | Poverty Assignment by_Sim Kee Yew | Scoop.it
The Nelson Mail
People in poverty do not choose it
The Nelson Mail
Social service and health agencies are increasingly taking a holistic approach to working with people and trying to deal with all the issues that lead people to live in poverty.
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I was quite surprised tat 25% of our children are in poverty.I agree with the author that what an ordinary person can do to help those in poverty is to create a climate of respect.Ordinary people do not treat the poor with respect and i think that is a reasonwhy they lack status and power.This is also why third world countries are facing poverty.One such example is the middle eastern countries.They lack respect from first world countries.Thus they do not have any role models to look up to.

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War-On-Poverty Debate Largely Ignores Employer Role - Huffington Post

War-On-Poverty Debate Largely Ignores Employer Role - Huffington Post | Poverty Assignment by_Sim Kee Yew | Scoop.it
War-On-Poverty Debate Largely Ignores Employer Role Huffington Post January marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and it is natural to take stock -- how successful have we been in combatting poverty, where do we need to go, how will we...
Sim Kee Yew's insight:

I feel that these efforts in combatting in reducing poverty is commendable.However,I agree with the author that providing jobs and workplace is not really effective in reducing poverty.In my own opinion,aid should be given in the form of food and healthcare which many people in poverty lack but are basic necessities of life.

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David Ting's curator insight, January 20, 2014 7:08 AM

Poverty does not only include the people who are in desperate need of the basic necceties, it also constitutes the people who holds a low-paying job. It is certainly disheartening to learn that the people that posses these jobs are victims of stress, poor health and so on.  Futhermore, half of these people have children younger than 18 years. As I was ruminating, I realised that these people are supple; they are working for a living under such undesireable conditions and there remain sanguine.