Childhood Poverty In The United States

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It's hard to believe that in a country as wealthy as the United States that poverty, and the difficulties of poverty even exist. As a result of this, it is extremely unbelievable how many children suffer from poverty every day. With that in mind, it makes it harder to imagine that more than one in five children in the United States has the misfortune of living in a family, whose income is below the official poverty threshold alone. That's 15.7 million children living in poverty to this day (Brown, 2015). In this paper, I will be discussing the different origins of childhood poverty, the effects of child poverty into adulthood, as well as eliminating childhood poverty. In the United States, child poverty is measured by the amount of children…show more content…
It can be seen quickly in early childhood education, especially because it is more likely to be weaker in poorer areas and children living in poverty. In the words of researcher Boghani, they acknowledge the fact that several studies show that children who are raised and grew up in poverty have a difficulty of escaping poverty once they become adults (Boghani, 2017). For example, a 2009 study by the National Center for Children in Poverty, researchers found that children who lived in poverty were more likely to experience poverty when becoming adults, as well as their likelihood of being poor in adulthood increased with the number of years that they lived in poverty as a child (Fass, Dinan & Aratani, Y.,…show more content…
According to Marian Wright Edelman, a credible author from the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, DC, in the article, Ending Childhood Poverty in America, the author discusses multiple ways to increase investments in children without increasing the debt (Edelman, 2016, S7). One of the main things mentioned in the article was reducing and limiting America's military spending. Military funds includes nuclear weapon spending and things such as military assistance and any other pentagon expenses, which costs the US 597.1 billion dollars (Amadeo, 2018). Though these expenses are controversial within the US, it is commonly protested and something liberals advocate for consistently.
With that being said, author Edelman emphasizes the fact that the United States is accountable for about five percent of the entire world’s population but more than 37% of the world’s military expenses. Edelman points out that solutions to child poverty in America's rich nation can already exist if we are willing to invest in them (Edelman, 2016, S7). In accordance to this, being the wealthy and powerful nation the US is, it is should be a priority to commit to ensuring all children’s basic needs, and met every single one of

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