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Childhood Poverty: Shame of the Nation

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"I [Jason Flom] just attended a brief webinar with the Carsey Institute on their recent brief that identifies patterns in childhood poverty using data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey.

 

The brief is sobering to say the least. In short, despite the recession being “over,” poverty rates among children continue to rise, most dramatically in urban areas, among the unemployed (those actively looking for work), and in families of color.

 

That this information is not front and center in our current presidential campaign is shocking, horrifying, and saddening. When nearly 1/4 of our children are living below the poverty line, we have a moral obligation to act, even if they are, by definition a part of the 47%. The closest we come to talking about it, and I mean REALLY talking about it, is to insist teachers improve all students’ “achievement.”"


Via Dennis Richards
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I think that this article is very relavent when talking about poverty, People today are just thinking about themselves especially the extremely rich people, we are leaving very little for those who are poor. This article dictates the number of people who are living in poverty. Poverty is a topic which should not be taken lightly i think that the government of countries that are known for having high rates of poverty should look into the issue. Which makes me wonder what is the number of people living in poverty in Singaore like?

 

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To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital

To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital | Povery Assignment by_SamuelTan | 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
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I know in certain third world countries, it is difficult to get water to drink and clean themselves. They probably had to walk a few kilometers away to get water, but to only come back with unclean, undrinkable water. This article talks about how just something simple like clean, potable water can help improve standards of living. After reading this, I feel that I am actually very lucky and blessed to have what I have right now. Things such as food and water should be treasured and not wasted or treated like it is an endless supply. I would like to challenge the fact that even though sanitizing water is important, wouldn't it mean that more money would have to be spent to improve life standards? And, wouldn't this mean that the world's debt would increase even more?          

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Bryan Lau's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:07 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 7:11 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 6:04 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

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There is a vicious, self-reinforcing cycle of poverty associated with mental illness. You become poor. Sometimes through circumstances well beyond your control,

Via Khannea Suntzu, Sathish WiggleBaby
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For those in power this is a mighty fine solution. The poor go mad and become effectively a shellshocked, passive demographic, incapable of self-organization. Anyone else (who isn't yet poor) will ignore the possibility of them becoming poor, and will hold the poor in contempt as an inconsequential group. Everyone will conspire to "blame the victim". This is eugenics in action, and everyone is in on it. Humans are intensely stupid. They do not see what is before their very eyes. i can infer that the shortage of food will definitely affect people.

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Joycelyn ت✡'s curator insight, February 3, 2013 2:02 AM

The picture depicts the poor sleeping on the pavement. Living in poverty allows one to face many challenges and difficulties in life. The article tells us the interconnection between poverty and mental illness. Living in poverty for a long period of time can cause health and mental issues too. You will stress out and worry about many problems regarding the lack of money, and not eating enough nutritional food which cost more than processed food. Mental health intervention programs are setup to alleviate people’s difficulties and improve their mental state. We should support these programs and help others to recover from poverty and mental illness by giving our support. The government should also do their part to look after the citizens and prevent poverty.

crystal chin jing's curator insight, February 3, 2013 4:16 AM

Healthcare is one such essential need a government provides for its citizen. Health care is a public good which governments have to provide for the people, given the limited resources and competing need of the country. However in less developed countries, people do not have adequate basic health care facilities. One example is India, where diarrheal disease, lower respiratory infection, neonatal disorder, measles, HIV and tetanus are common. Even though the government tries to improve the situation, there are still insufficient doctors, nurses, clinic and medicine to meet the need of the people. I feel sympathizes for the people in India. Many lives were taken away due to insufficient healthcare facilities. I am concerned about the feeling of the people when their loves one was grievously taken away.  I feel very fortunate and lucky to live in Singapore where the government is better able to provide good quality health care for the citizen. 

Hui Yu Leong's curator insight, February 3, 2013 8:18 AM

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After reading this article, I'm shocked to find out that poverty has such a great impact on mental illness.When people become jobless or fall ill and recieve government grants, they become stressed about money and the fact that even the social workers and others often encourage a person to remain “disabled” or in poverty to continue receiving the full benefitsof being jobless and feeding of the government's money.The financial programs also often discourage work or even looking for work, and punish the jobless financially because as soon as they  find work as the government grant will be cut off suddenly, leaving them with very little money and low income in most cases contributing to more people getting mental illnesses such as depression as the cannot handle stressful thought of not having money to support themselves. In this propective, I feel that the government is not thinking enough about it's people and that they should have a 'weaning' period for the people who were previously financially assistaed which may motivate more people to find jobs as thier income would not be cut off suddenly. This shows us the huge impact poverty has on mental health.

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Childhood Poverty: Shame of the Nation

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"I [Jason Flom] just attended a brief webinar with the Carsey Institute on their recent brief that identifies patterns in childhood poverty using data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey.

 

The brief is sobering to say the least. In short, despite the recession being “over,” poverty rates among children continue to rise, most dramatically in urban areas, among the unemployed (those actively looking for work), and in families of color.

 

That this information is not front and center in our current presidential campaign is shocking, horrifying, and saddening. When nearly 1/4 of our children are living below the poverty line, we have a moral obligation to act, even if they are, by definition a part of the 47%. The closest we come to talking about it, and I mean REALLY talking about it, is to insist teachers improve all students’ “achievement.”"


Via Dennis Richards
Samuel Tan's insight:

I think that this article is very relavent when talking about poverty, People today are just thinking about themselves especially the extremely rich people, we are leaving very little for those who are poor. This article dictates the number of people who are living in poverty. Poverty is a topic which should not be taken lightly i think that the government of countries that are known for having high rates of poverty should look into the issue. Which makes me wonder what is the number of people living in poverty in Singaore like?

 

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UK's food poverty revealed: nutrition falls as fruit and veg prices rise

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Annual food survey shows that households are ditching fresh, healthy foods and 'trading down' to counter rising prices

The UK's poorest households are being disproportionately hit by the impact of soaring food prices, according to new government figures that also show the consumption of every major nutrient has fallen in the last four years.

In order to cut costs since 2007, UK households have bought less bread, lamb, beef, fish, fruit, vegetables, potatoes and alcoholic drinks – but more bacon.

The government's annual Family Food survey, which provides the most detailed annual snapshot of food and drink spending and consumption, found that weekly spending per person on all household food in 2011 was £27.99, an increase of 1.5% on the previous year. But because of price rises, that bought less food - 4.2% less in 2011 than in 2007.


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The UK's poorest households are being disproportionately hit by the impact of soaring food prices, according to new government figures that also show the consumption of every major nutrient has fallen in the last four years. this data shows us that the rising cost of living is affecting many poor and under privileged households. i think that the government should look in to this serious matter that should not be taken lightly. i wonder if in Singapore are there househod that face this problem and Singapore's government may be hiding the data/

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 5:39 AM

Some countries with poverty benefitted from a tropical climate with lush vegetation and a diverse range of crops that grow all year round. This highlights just how important agriculture is to reducing poverty in some countries. As those who have poverty will have the vegetation and crops that they got and they can eat without searching for any vegetation and crops desperately. So the lesser the vegetation and crops import from other countries, the higher the price it can be.  The country should be part of the biggest exporters of a variety of products, and a much larger proportion of peoples should reap the fruits of this trade. In general, whenever the country experiences periods of economic growth, they match improvements in agriculture. It provides tons of food, jobs, raw material for other sectors (e.g. cattle) and higher income. Even today as the service sector is taking off; agriculture remains an important aspect in the country’s economy. Several studies confirmed what was obvious to everyone: people with larger farm land, those with access to loans or production assets, as well as people closer to local markets all showed much lower poverty rates than the rest. Integrating thousands of households into local markets and teaching more advanced agricultural techniques are also essential aspects to reducing poverty in some countries. In many ways this implies more government intervention, at least to invest in basic infrastructure such as roads and cheap public transportation so that people are given the opportunity to go to town and sell their crops.

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 6:45 AM

Nutrients are important, especially important for children when they need the nutrients to grow. Without these nutrients, people might have deficiency diseases due to lack of nutrients or obesity due to consuming junk food and sugary drinks. I think that household markets should have an affordable prices for average household families to buy their essential daily needs. If the prices of the products are continuously increasing, I doubt that any of the families will be able to afford it and both the families and the supermarket will suffer. In my opinion, I think that the government should manage the rising prices of products in the supermarket, instead of helping out the families with financial difficulties as a larger number of people will benefit.

Jasmine Tan's curator insight, March 2, 2013 10:04 AM

See. Think. Wonder.

From this article, I can see that many people are starting to not consume or buy fruits and vegetables, because they are increasing in price and instead bought quite unhealthy food. I believe this is because if the lack of harvest, thus the markets are selling things at a higher price.

It makes me think of the other countires which have fuits and vegetables of the same pricing as usual, why do people still not want to buy them? They know that fruits and vegetables are healthy for them. This also brings back to the point where the lack of money does not let one eat well and healthily.

I wonder if the country can import more fuirts and vegetables from other countires so that they have more to sell, and that they would not have to increase the price of the things which they are selling.

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training

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For too long, the national dialogue about college education has been focused on access and affordability.

Via Laurent J.V. Dubois
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In today's world, a college degree is essential to obtaining meaningful employment. But the expense of college is increasingly beyond the reach for millions of youths and their families.I think that this article is interesting as it tells us the problem withe education system in our current genration, and also telling us the good solution to giving low students with a low income family a chance to proove their worth and have a bright future.

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Jueniewann SpotOn Sniper's curator insight, February 4, 2013 3:07 AM

well through this article, people have been educated. they might have been taught of the problem of poverty. thus they might be able to play a role in helping the problem. another thing is that through education, they are able to find jobs more easily. they will also be able to feed their own family. so the more people get jobs, the lesser people will turn to poverty. thus through education, the problem of poverty might just be lessen down!

Merci Goh's curator insight, February 4, 2013 5:10 AM

Using the See Think Wonder routine. From this Acticle I can see the Education is link to Poverty. Without Education we will not have the knowledge and without education knowledge we will not have jobs to help us earn money to make a living. People who does not have educations will not have jobs and will not have earning which leads to poverty. Families without Education will not be able to take care of thier children and they will get sick and may lead to death. I wonder why people don't feel thankful for having education, other people who wants education does not even get to have.

Mina Macy Markovic's curator insight, February 24, 2:12 PM

In today's world, a college degree is something that is very important to have in order to have an good and stabled employment. The challenge for the people in poverty is the high expenses for college. This is increasingly beyond the reach for millions of youths and their families in not just to people who are in poverty but to even families who are in middle class economically. I think that this article is interesting as it tells us the problem with the educational system in our current generation, and also telling us the good solution to giving students from a low income family a chance to prove their worth and have a bright future. All this could start in high school by preparing them the best they can in order for the students to attend college.