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Education is the long-term solution for fighting poverty | The Great Debate

Education is the long-term solution for fighting poverty | The Great Debate | Poverty Assignment by Cynthia Chia | Scoop.it
The vitriol over Steven Brill’s piece this week from Randi Weingarten, Diane Ravitch, Alex Kotlowitz and other defenders of the status quo isn’t surprising.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Cynthia Chia's insight:

"Education is the key." I certainly do agree. The article focuses on how being being educated can change one's life. School dropouts have lesser chances of getting employed compared to high school and college graduates. The reason is simple as well, the more educated a person is, the more likely they will avoid economic and social despair. Illiterate people would generally be looked down upon in today's cruel society. In the twenty-first century context, and educated person is better than an uneduated person, which is not entorely wrong. Take for example, companies would take in the applicant with the better qualification. This is because it is too competitive nowadays, people just want the best and nothing less. So, when a person is uneducated and cannot find a job, he or she would then be living in poverty. I believe that everyone should be given a chance, to be educated, regardless of social standing whatsoever. Because of this, more people are working/studying harder to escape poverty to get better jobs with higher wages, ironically, can this possibly slim down the chances of poor people getting employed due to the immense demand for jobs these days? Also, even if teaching is of higher quality, is the writer absolute that schooling would be of greater factor compared to socioecomomical backgrounds?

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Jerone Taduran's curator insight, February 1, 2013 12:44 PM

As what it says on the title page, education can be the answer to decrease the amount of people that can be in state of poverty. We must thank the nation for helping schools all over the world to ignore hiring high -quality - teachers to teach the children so they will be able to save more money to decrease Poverty. America had been in the verge of economic failure in education, but because high school dropouts are unable to easily get jobs without finishing their education. The government must know that poverty affect education and also how education can affect poverty. The educated person has a higher chance of getting a job than a dropout, so that it will decrease poverty for education

Shiying Tan's curator insight, February 3, 2013 5:52 AM

This is my insight using 4Cs thinking routine. After reading the text, I can see that the interlinked relationship between education and poverty is a complex one. This relationship can be seen resounding throughout the world. Education can be either the key to breaking out of poverty, or the key to enter into the life of poverty. With proper and higher education, one can get a permanent job and earn money on a long term basis to avoid economic and social despair of the people living in poverty. However, despite giving an opportunity to study, there are still people that dropout from school, and as a result, they couldn't find a job, which slowly led them into the life of poverty. After reading this text. I have a greater motivation to study and I may have found a inspiration in life to help those poor children who have no chance for education to help them change their lifes and fight against poverty. This has also led me to wonder why some people chose not to study despite given the chance of proper education, as it would be simply a foolish act and a major loss in their life.

crystal chin jing's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:09 AM

Education open doors to greater and better opportunities in job and lifestyle.  When one is non -educated, he or she is probably illiterate and it is a disadvantage. I feel fortunate to live in Singapore where I do not need to worry for any financial need for my education. In contrast, people living in less developed countries who are poor have little or no opportunities to receive such holistic education in Singapore.  Yet, as a student living with no worries, we often take things for granted and frequently complain that homework is too much for us to do and we hate school.  Thus, from this article , I understand the sufferings of the people living in a less financially well off conditions.

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..:: Child Poverty in Asia ::..

..:: Child Poverty in Asia ::.. | Poverty Assignment by Cynthia Chia | Scoop.it

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Two-thirds of the world's poorest people live in asia. Approximately 267 million people live on less than $1 per day, many from rural areas. But half of Asian children live in poverty. While most children in Singapore worry about homework and socialising, these poor children worry about food, water and health. Poverty forces children to quit schooling and instead, finds means for them to earn money for survival. I do not think it is fair for these children to give up education, as every person should have equal rights- and poverty should not limit a person of what he or she is capable of doing. Thus, I believe that education should be made free/cheap till at least primary school, to give these children basic education. Also, I wonder if the government's plan of globalisation is really able to help with the eradication of poverty; I, personally, highly doubt so, as rapid population growth on scarce resources has lead to unhapiness and much corruption. If it does not benefit half of asian families, then why do governments continue with this plan? How can we, as people, do to help improve this situation? 

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Yu Bixun's curator insight, February 2, 2013 8:52 AM

I can see that about two-third of the world's poorest people are from Asia. India had more than three hundred million of people living in poverty which is the greatest in the world. And because of this, many are uneducated with more time spent on fishing instead of studying. I think that wars are the main contributions to poverty as wars destroyed many farms, crops, settlements and people which caused many to be living in poverty. I think the children who are fishing or playing should attend schools as education can help them end their poverty state. People who are not in poverty state, we should excel in our studies and work hard in it as we are very lucky to be studying with proper education to look for job when we grow up. I wonder if regaining back their farms, industries and settlements could end their poverty state.

L.tak poon's curator insight, February 2, 2013 9:12 AM

See-think-wonder

Form the above picture, i can see that there is an adult with 3 children in the picture taken above.It is pretty clear that the people above do not come form a wealthy family.Their clothing tells me that there are in a poor state of living..(see)


The children and the in the picture above did not smile when the picture is taken which i think that they are not happy. It may probally because needs are not met for their daily living.(think)


I wonder what there real problem is, weather is it because of money or other matter. I wonder if the goverment or anyone could help them in anyways.(wonder)

Tan Yang Heng Terence's curator insight, February 2, 2013 9:18 AM

After reading this article, i realised another factor leading to poverty in India. It is the Hinduism belief of caste system in India. It is the main religion in India. India have the most amount of people living in poverty in a countrycomparing to the rest of the countries. Almost all of them living in poverty earned less than $1 a day. Long hours of work and effort is put to that $1 that does not seems much in our eyes. 522 millions of people of India are suffering this unbearable situation. This system prevents many people from trying to break their poverty. It is very unfair as not everyone is given a chance to start out equal. Why does the poverty of the previous generation have to burden the future generations? However, a stop to such practise is equivalent to the lost of the culture. Thus, they will never have a chance to break poverty. They will be continue to be despise by others at the top of the caste system. It is such injustice. 

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To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital

To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital | Poverty Assignment by Cynthia Chia | Scoop.it
Eradicating poverty can involve many varied and innovative approaches according to circumstance. But a universal factor is that development of livelihoods depends on communities enjoying good health and access to education.

Via Sylvain Rotillon, Au Yeong Sok Mun, Emily Lau, Jocelyn Stoller
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Water is a necessity in life. Without water, one is unable to survive. This article talks about how having access to safe drinking water is a must for the eradication of poverty. Many people living in poorer countries spend up to five hours collecting water. Yet, often the water is dirty and contaminated, causing illness. That is why having improved sanitation of water is important. As blessed Singaporeans, we have sanitised water. Many would kill to be in our place but I don't believe everyone is genuinely thankful for the precious water we have. I have always known that there are people who do not have access to clean water but the thought of nearly 800 million people suffering due to the lack of safe water just frightens me. But wh yexactly was I so shocked and frightened? It is sad to say, but I am ungrateful for the water I have. Everyday, I expect safe drinking water to be on my table. I never have to worry about getting water from the well or river. I truly wonder since when having sanitised water because such an underated thing when it is one of the three things we, living creatures, cannot live without. Also, I feel that the government of these poorer countries can do much more in prioritizing the improvement of water, sanitation and hygiene services. I do not think that everyone in these countries suffer from the lack of water, so I can't help but ponder why the wealthy doesn't send help or donate some money to assist the government in speeding up the poverty eradication process in the name of charity.

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Bryan Lau's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:07 AM
From this article,I have realize the impact of not having access to proper drinking water, this article has taught me the importance of water. Womens living in the less developed country have to travel hours in order to get access to water and the worst thing is the water is not even clean.In our more developed country where people have access to clean water are taking the water for granted, not knowing people in less developed country have to travel for hours just to get dirty water. 
Jasmine Ng's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:11 AM

From this article,I have realize the impact of not having access to proper drinking water, this article has taught me the importance of water. Womens living in the less developed country have to travel hours in order to get access to water and the worst thing is the water is not even clean.In our more developed country where people have access to clean water are taking the water for granted, not knowing people in less developed country have to travel for hours just to get dirty water.

Wong Jia Ler's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:04 AM

After seeing the article, we should realise how fortunate we are when we have a tap with an unlimited supply of water thanks to our goverment, while we look at these people. They travel miles to get water and some even drink dirty water, this shows us that help must be given to these people as they are suffering although they actually can have clean water, its just that we are not acting to help them. Will the world help them, or would they just simply say ''its not my problem'' , this will depend of you, people could be saved if you just take it to concern and help out

 

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» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology

» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology | Poverty Assignment by Cynthia Chia | Scoop.it
There is a vicious, self-reinforcing cycle of poverty associated with mental illness. You become poor. Sometimes through circumstances well beyond your control,

Via britishroses
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I had known before that being poor is the cause of many problems but I did not know that poverty could cause so much harm on one's mental health. Living in poverty makes people more stressed; about having enough money for food or for the rent. Most poor people don't eat proper food, and so suffer from malnutrition and illness caused by unhealthy intake. This issue on poverty and mental health concerns many countries all over the world. People these days are under more pressure, their lives becaome more stressful and when one can no longer deal with it, they turn to drugs, which is another problem. This is exactly why poverty is such a big issue that should not be compromised. The government should at least attempt to give more aid to the poor, and possibly giving them cheaper healthcare services.Now, I am more thankful for the food and shelter that I have as I can never possibly bear living in poverty. Something should and must be done to stop poverty, so why won't the richer people in those countries donate some money to help ease some of the poor's sufferings? Is it that much to ask for? Will the poor and homeless continue trying to find ways to escape poverty and lead a better life? Or would they give up?

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:13 AM

People who live in poverty are at increased risk of mental illness compared to their economically stable peers. Their lives are stressful. They are both witness to and victims of more violence and trauma than those who are reasonably well off, and they are at high risk of poor general health and malnutrition. The converse is also true: When people are mentally ill, they are at increased risk of becoming and/or staying poor. They have higher health costs, difficulty getting and retaining jobs, are less productive at work, and suffer the social stigma and isolation of mental illness. There are different types of interventions undertaken in several low and middle-income places. The authors first looked at programs intended to improve individual or family economic status and monitored changes in measures of mental health including stress and depression in adults, childhood behavior problems, childhood cognitive development, and adolescent self-esteem.

 

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:53 AM

Poverty not only affects the person physically but also mentally as the person will feel more stress with the unknown future, whether they will live or die.  Since their fate cannot be controlled by them, they will have the insecurity and would be more prone to suffer from mental illness. I think that these people should at least be given a chance to earn some money. It is saddening when you see all those people living in poverty lying at the sides of the streets. However, do the people feel this way for them? 

Hilal Iryandy's curator insight, January 25, 2014 4:06 AM

This article shows that poverty led to both mantal illnesses and diseases. They have suffer hunger and stress causing both diseases and emotional breakdowns.They lost their family, friends and belongings. I just wonder what can be done to make their lives happy.

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Government Ministers are in Denial About Food Poverty

Government Ministers are in Denial About Food Poverty | Poverty Assignment by Cynthia Chia | Scoop.it
I talked to a constituent who had a stroke and is on benefit. After paying all his bills, he's left with just £12 a week - less than £2 a day - to spend on food.

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We need food for survival. That is how important food is. While many are busy heavily feasting on Christmas and New Year's snacks, there are still thousands of people who simply cannot afford to eat. I have never heard of the term "foodbank" till today. Neither did I know that so many people rely on those banks for food or that those foodbanks are mainly run by charities. It bothers me how unmindful the government is towards food poverty, pushing the blame to supermarkets for the rising prices of food, when charities are trying their best to ease the food poverty situation with money out of their own pocket. This goes to show how self-centered people are nowadays. To care only about what happens to you and not others. The reality of the government policies and food poverty situation is just appaling. I wonder how much longer can the government deny this food poverty issue. It worries me, how this country would survive when such an irresponsible government is leading it. Aside that, I applaud all those volunteers for being humane people are doing the right thing. 

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Sindy Teo's curator insight, January 30, 2013 11:11 PM

Upon reading this article it saddens me to feel that why,when everyone is happily celebrating the season there are still many others out there who cannot afford to eat much less to celebrate.The government is also not taking  any action in this issue and feel that it has nothing to do with them.Instead, the government starts putting the blame on others except himself,he blamed food prices rising and supermarkets but not himself or his colleagues.Though he knew that his people are poor and could not afford food.Yet his government's policies will squeeze the incomes of low-paid working families, the sick, disabled and unemployed. Delaying in payment of benefits that people entitled to exacerbate the problem.It is the reality of the government's policies, and the reality of food poverty today.As I continued to read on I could suddenly feel the humanity of many others lending a hand to help the poor.Charities, community groups and volunteers all  working to feed the hungry. It makes me wonder why did the people choose such a government in the first place from this I also feel proud of the volunteers being able to sacrifice their celebration to help others. 

Tricia Chng's curator insight, January 31, 2013 7:48 PM

It is sad to hear that that low income families have to rely on foodbanks  during seasons like Christmas distributed by charity. If it is not for the help of the charity, they will need to eat less as they cannot afford for more food. I think that the government is not responsible as they denies that the problem have nothing to do with them. Not only they shrink the responsible to others, they even came out with more proposals like squeezing the incomes of low-paid working families, the sick, disabled and unemployed.

Shameerza's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:35 AM

Using see-think-wonder, i can see from what i've read from the article, the goverment isnt doing a good job in feeding their nations needs. It's sad to see that the poor families have to rely on foodbanks for food cause they can't afford to buy. Its also sad to hear that they have to depend on foodbanks during Christmas and yet they give these people little food, it's suppose to be festive and giving isn't it? It's really sad to think that the families have to eat less to equally distrubute among themselves. I think that the government should be more giving and not selfish. I wonder why can't the government give more food to these poor families, especially those with bigger families.