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Three Myths on the World's Poor - Wall Street Journal

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Three Myths on the World's Poor
Wall Street Journal
So why do so many people seem to think things are getting worse? Much of the reason is that all too many people are in the grip of three deeply damaging myths about global poverty and development.

Via Kelvin Sein
Prassant NotAddicted's insight:

Bill Gates predicts there would be no poor nations by 2035. I hope that would be possible and if earlier so be it. Many people see poverty as low class and does not want to help them, some are stingy, some are generous. I hope not too many people gets taken in by the three damaging myths about global poverty and development.

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Kelvin Sein's curator insight, January 19, 2014 9:09 AM

I strongly feel that we should stop falling for these myths because it is about time we all had a paradigm shift about the poor. Despite obstacles if one believes one can overcome such difficulties. I believe that if the upper class do not change their attitude about the poor and does not bother to help, then there will be no success. However, instead of hiding behind a veil of denial, we should change and start anew and start again as a whole. On a personal level, I feel that this is possible since Singapore was also funded by the international NGOs but after time, it has become one of the world’s richest capitals. Therefore we should all start changing our perspectives.

Ck Lee's comment, January 27, 2014 11:20 PM
breaking the cycle would be possible if the poor also wishes and world to break the cycle so it isn't accurate for you to blame the rich people on not being willing to help as most charity organizations are mostly funded by kind hearted wealthy people
Abilash Kumar's comment, January 28, 2014 10:47 PM
i believe that the rich must give and not be selfish but some people think poor people are useless but the truth is that poor people are more kind,polite ,uneducated but willing to learn
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We Mustn't Let Poverty Get in the Way of Learning

We Mustn't Let Poverty Get in the Way of Learning | Poverty Assignment_Prassant* | Scoop.it

1. This post is part of a series on childhood poverty in the United States in partnership with Save the Children and Julianne Moore.

 

2. One in four children live in poverty.

    Living in poverty affects education.

 

3. Carolyn S. Miles believes people should try to help families in poverty, because childrens' edudcation suffers.

 

4. Carolyn says: "If we want to break the cycle of poverty we need to ensure that our children excell academically."

 

6. I learned that the columnist is very determined to change the lives of kids.

 

7. This article was written for educated individuals.

 

8. The writer does offer enough evidence to agree with her, if we help kids deal with poverty and focus them on education they can pull themselves out of poverty.

 

Carolyn S. Miles relies heavily on, and opens up the article using pathos, relaying the story a principal told her of a teacher who went to go buy a young boy a pair of shoes. The young boy in question only had one pair of shoes and they were too large for him, so large in fact he "had to poke holes in the front so his toes would not be crushed." Since winter was coming the teacher went out and bought him a pair of shoes because she did not want the boy to have no protection from the frost of winter. She also uses logos when she puts forth a solution to bring kids out of poverty, by setting high academical standards for them and having them make good careers, there by breaking the cycle of poverty.


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Prassant NotAddicted's insight:

Living in poverty affects education as you might not be able to ask help from your tuition teachers or even on the net. Everyone should play a part in helping children who are suffering from poverty to get education. The principal in the story is one person whom I admire who helps break the cycle of poverty and even sets goals for the child.

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Kelvin Sein's curator insight, January 19, 2014 9:40 AM

From what I’ve read, I feel that what’s most essential and important in breaking the poverty cycle is education however poverty is getting in the way. Now education is a fundamental right for every child and I strongly believe we must not let poverty get in the way. Based on demographics, lower income families usually cannot afford to send their children to school or are not able to acquire the necessities for school. Therefore I strongly feel that this should not be the case and instead the government and the school should work hand in hand to support and ensure that the children will not end up in the poverty cycle. On a personal level, I feel that the upper class should help out the poorer families. Even though it may feel discriminative upon the poor, as long as one’s intentions are pure I believe that there shouldn’t be any problems and hence we can once and for all break the poverty cycle and end the war on poverty which has been going on in America for 50 years. 

Ck Lee's comment, January 27, 2014 11:45 PM
i believe that kelvins insight on this issue is correct and i totally agree on the fact that the government should work hand in hand with the poor families to help them to get a education for example the government can help to fund the childrens education but i also believe that it is entirely up to the children on whether they want to excel academically or not hence it is not advisable for the families to entirely depend on the government forever for their childrens education
Abilash Kumar's comment, January 28, 2014 10:39 PM
i believe that kelvin's insight is correct that government and the school should work hand in hand to support and ensure that the children will not end up in the poverty cycle.
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Wait, Are the Republicans Really Saying That Government Spending Can Fight Poverty?

Wait, Are the Republicans Really Saying That Government Spending Can Fight Poverty? | Poverty Assignment_Prassant* | Scoop.it
Lyndon Baines Johnson was staring Marco Rubio in the face.

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The Republicans are right the government is always strong and is able to fight poverty through spending.

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Kelvin Sein's curator insight, January 19, 2014 9:27 AM

From this article, firstly we can infer that the war on poverty in America has been ongoing for 50 years.  Now that’s 5 decades and it’s a really long time but why the government can’t help is the question. I believe that if the American government is supposedly rich enough to fund wars such as wars ongoing in the Middle East, why can’t they help out the poor in their country? Most the country’s reserves were spent by the Republican’s during George W Bush junior presidential on the war on terror and now the Republican’s say government spending can fight poverty. This is contradicting and I believe that once again the rich and powerful are manipulating the media and using the poor for their personal gains. Hence I would like to state that if the government doesn’t help out the poor who will? Therefore, I personally feel that we should start changing as a community and help one another to break free from the clasp of poverty and break free. Education is the key to breaking the poverty cycle and therefore we should start giving sufficient education for all children to ensure social mobility still continues.

Ck Lee's comment, January 27, 2014 11:34 PM
Yes i believe that the point on the government spending money on the wars in the middle east are contradicting the point on the government spending helping the poor therefore i completely support kelvins insight on this issue.
Abilash Kumar's comment, January 28, 2014 10:52 PM
i believe that that the war on poverty in America has been ongoing for 50 years. Now that’s 5 decades and it’s a really long time but why the government can’t help is the question. I believe that if the American government is supposedly rich enough to fund wars such as wars ongoing in the Middle East, why can’t they help out the poor in their country