Essay on Students in Urban Schools

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An urban student faces many disadvantages when attending school regardless of whether they attend a public or private school. Before we can consider how to take an urban student seriously we must examine where they are from. Urban students are those living in higher density communities within the inner-cities; areas of diversity, poverty, crime and low-income. Today we can best assign the term “urban school” to public schools that are in these metropolitan areas. Many of these schools exist within educational systems that lack sufficient resources and quality educators to ensure their educational needs are met. We also tell ourselves that the United States cannot or may never completely successfully resolve the issues with our…show more content…
The Students Against Destructive Decisions Organization also emphasizes on drug usage and sex in urban communities where marijuana is the most frequently used illicit drug where 38.1% are youths between ages 12-17. Another 24% urban students have had sex by the 8th grade. Urban students are 33% more at risk youths compared to the rest of American students (SADD). With researched statistics such as what is listed by the Students Against Destructive Decisions Organization makes urban students family lives a tad more challenging. However, most urban students come from families that 43% live in single parent homes, 39 % of urban students parents make 18% below the nations poverty level where the poverty (U.S Census Bureau). The U.S. Census Bureau federal poverty guideline for 2009 reports the poverty threshold of a three person household at $18,310 and two persons at $14,570. The U. S Census Bureau also reports the income decline of those living in urban areas for Black households 4.4 percent and 1.6 percent of non-Hispanic White households between 2008 and 2009. With the high decline many urban students are forced to find jobs to help support their families and themselves. Regardless of these challenges according to research done by the National Center of Education Statistics 63% of urban students were equally or more likely than other students to have strong family ties that support superior education outcomes and high
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