Causes Of Poverty In Schools

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Poverty Why do some kids not have the ability to go to a free public school? Why do some children not go to school at all? There are multiple reasons, but one of the reasons that causes this issue is poverty. Poverty is not just a problem in America, it’s a problem all over the globe. “In Asia, some 74 million of the world’s total 132 million children . . . are not enrolled in primary education” (Bawane and Julius, 2011). In Bawane and Julius’s studies, they also found that there were a little over 72 million kids not currently enrolled in school in 2007. Poverty is an increasing issue all across the planet which is harmful to the minds of young children and can hurt their education. Bawane and Julius stated that poverty is not simply the absence of financial resources, it is also lack of capability to function effectively in society. Poverty is an increasing problem in our country and occasionally the meals children eat at schools are their only meals for that day. Poverty affects our schools and how students learn by hurting their grades, making them less likely to concentrate, and creating a negative childhood experience. Poverty stricken schools often have worse grades than school that have a lower poverty rate. Students who are hungry are least likely to pay attention and be able to focus. Wages says that “more than one-third of low-income students begin kindergarten not ready for school” which impacts their grades, how they learn compared to other students, and whether or not that child is held back or not. Some schools in low poverty areas even often have free breakfast for all of their students to help be able to provide their meals and it is proven that schools that provide that free breakfast have higher test grades. When students are hungry, stressed, or worried it is more difficult for students to focus and pay attention to the subject they’re supposed to be learning, therefore causing decreasing test scores. When children are from poverty stricken homes, they are more likely to live stressful lives. Nocera wrote about a speech given by Dr. Pamela Cantor and she said, “if children are under stress, the ways they respond are remarkably similar”. When children stress out it affects their daily
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