Poverty

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Poverty

  1. 2. Nationwide, 13 million children are officially considered poor and live in families below the federal poverty level, which is $20,000 a year for a family of four.
  2. 3. America’s Poor Children Characteristics <ul><li>35% of black children live in poor families. In the 10 most populated states, rates of child poverty among black children range from 20% in New Jersey to 43% in Ohio. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>In the 10 most populated states, rates of child poverty among Latino children range from 20% in New Jersey, Florida, and Illinois to 35% in Texas. </li></ul>28% of Latino children live in poor families
  4. 5. 29% of American Indian and 11% of Asian children live in poor families
  5. 6. 10% of white children live in poor families In the most populated states, rates of child poverty among white children range from 4% in New Jersey to 12% in Georgia.
  6. 8. <ul><li>low birth weight stunted growth. </li></ul><ul><li>bacterial meningitis obesity. </li></ul><ul><li>infectious diseases missed immunizations. </li></ul><ul><li>asthma hunger/food insecurity. </li></ul><ul><li>anemia lead poisoning. </li></ul><ul><li>poor cognitive development. </li></ul><ul><li>up to three times more likely to die during childhood. </li></ul><ul><li>more likely to lack housing, adequate food, and health care. </li></ul><ul><li>more likely to receive lower scores in math and reading tests. </li></ul>Children’s High Cost of Poverty By the time they begin formal schooling, children in low-income families already lag significantly behind their more affluent peers.
  7. 9. What Beliefs Serve Children and Youth in Poverty? <ul><li>Students from impoverished backgrounds need structure, routine, challenging work and rigorous demands. </li></ul><ul><li>You don't lie to them,&quot; she says. &quot;(You) tell them it is very hard work.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Create an emotionally safe environment where students have a sense that the classroom is a family. </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>Teachers must be endlessly persistent. </li></ul><ul><li>Make education relevant and engaging. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not label students, but will be quick to understand that poverty is a factor that causes students to be at risk for school failure. </li></ul><ul><li>View excellent schooling for children in poverty as a social justice issue. Equal and excellent education for all. </li></ul><ul><li>Opt to accept the disadvantages and relish being with poor children despite the challenges. </li></ul>

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