Poverty and its Effects on Education In the United States more than 30 million children are growing up in poverty (Do Something 2014). According to Molly (2014), the 2011 U.S. Census Bureau stated, “that the poverty line is begins with a family of four that earns less than $25,000 per year.” The effects of poverty are very serious, these children suffer way more than the children who grow up with privileges. The way schools are funded and the quality of teachers can have a major effect on the quality of learning a child may receive. Poverty not only affects a child socially, but it has mental, physical, cognitive, and linguistic affects as well. It is important to study poverty and its effects on education, because it is a part of our society every day.
Youth Homelessness in America Every year, millions of people are experiencing some form of homelessness in the United States alone. Of those people who are experiencing homelessness, a large proportion of them is under the age of 24. Data has found that there are over 550,000 youth have experienced homelessness for more than a week over the course of a year (“Youth and Young Adults,” 2018). In many cases, youth homelessness can be prevented, but the lack of resources and services available to youth is limited. As a result, the issue continues to grow and affect more and more youth have to experience homelessness.
In 2005, over 62% of children involved in a study done by the United States Department of Health and Human Services suffered some form of neglect by their legal guardian. 16% of children ages 0 to 3 were neglected, the highest rate in age demographics. Gender did not seem to play a major role, with 47.3% of females being neglected, and 50.7% of males being neglected. Race was also considered, and contrary to social standards, almost twice as many white children reported neglect than African American children (Child Abuse...Statistics). These statistics show that no matter the race, age or gender of a child, they can still be
Children who live in shelters may be at a higher risk of developing mental health issues as a result of environmental factors like poverty, unstable home life caused by abusive methods of discipline, and improper care from those around them. The effects of poverty have a very significant impact on a child's overall well-being, academics, and behavior. Children and adolescents suffer the highest rates of poverty out of any age group in modern day America. Children that have been raised in poverty-stricken environments are at a higher risk for behavior problems because they are more likely to be living in neighborhoods where there are very limited positive role models for them to look up to. This can cause issues in their later years of adulthood.
“Today, more than 23 million American children live in a single-parent household (“State Divorce Laws”). Many children have watched their parents go through a divorce. It can be very hard experience for children to go through. Some researchers have suggested that not only the divorce itself, but the tensions between the parents have a harmful impact on children. Children who experience divorce are also more likely to have social or pathological problems as they grow up.
The characteristics of the environment in which they are raised matter, especially taking into account those of the direct family in which they are raised in. When considering the difference between children who have experienced poverty, those who grew up in better neighborhoods are more likely to complete high school, finish four years of college compared to children who were raised in neighborhoods with a high crime rate, and where the financial difficulties of them are mirrored in their peers. Children are not given the same opportunities as their counterparts based upon the location of their birth. Children who are raised in poverty are automatically and unfortunately members of the cycle of poverty, in which crime rates are high, and education quality is
In America today many families still currently live in poverty. United States ranks 36th out of the 41 wealthy countries. The children need education, health, housing, social equality and social protection. A study on the development of young children showed poor children will delay intellectual development, poorly than children of well-off families at the school. The definition of an under-privileged child is who needed the basics such as food, shelter, clean water, warmth, poverty.
They don’t want to be homeless but that’s their current situation in their escape” (Schanes, Christine). More families go through being homeless in the United States than any other Industrialized nation. Typically a homeless family is made up with a single mother and two younger children. 51% of the children who go through being homeless are under the age of five years old. Domestic violence is common among the youth that have and are experiencing being homeless.
In the United States of America alone, more than three million cases of child abuse are reported every single year; with child neglect and physical abuse being the most common forms. Child neglect is defined as continuously failing to provide for a child and their needs, while physical abuse is the physical harm of a child in actions such as punching. So, if this is such a problem, why wouldn’t it
In contrast, a family that is broken by divorce, desertion, separation, or death, and that function inadequately as a social unit, is handicapped in carrying on its responsibilities toward the children. The effects of broken and inadequate homes in relation to delinquency can be ascertained most adequately by contrasting such conditions with the influence of family’s life at its best. Children in different family