Poverty In America

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Current estimates show that historically high percentages of American children live in poverty. In order to serve them well, educators must understand the particular experiences and challenges these children face. (Rury) Research indicates that poverty rates among American children have reached as high as 22 percent in recent years, and from this historically elevated figure, perhaps a third can be described as experiencing “persistent” or “long-term” poverty (Hernandez, 1997; Mayer, 1997; Brady, 2003). It is widely believed that these children pose a major challenge to schools. Many reside in central-city neighborhoods or relatively isolated rural areas, compounding existing obstacles to equal educational opportunities and academic success.…show more content…
As teachers, do not comment on a student’s clothing unless it is out of dress code. As teachers, when you suspect that a student’s peers are taunting disadvantaged students, act quickly to stop the harassment. Harassment has the chance to soon turn into bullying. Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. It is estimated that between 15 and 25 children commit suicide every year in the UK alone because they are being bullied. While some people find it very easy to ignore a bully, others may find it very difficult and reach a breaking point. Bullied students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold carried out the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. Since then, bullying has been more closely linked to high school violence in general. Some have argued that bullying can teach life lessons and instill strength. Helene Guldberg, a child development academic, sparked controversy when she argued that being a target of bullying can teach a child "how to manage disputes and boost their ability to interact with others", and that teachers should not intervene, but leave children to respond to the bullying…show more content…
One of the most unfortunate results of their economic struggles is that students who live in poverty often drop out of school, choosing a low-paying job to pay for the luxuries they have been denied instead of an education. As teachers, sometimes you will have to motivate students to stay enrolled in school. Show the students that are questioning dropping out of school that they will be much more successful with a high school diploma than without one. Help them get a part time job after school and during the summer if the students need some extra money. By helping the student get a job, they will be more likely to trust you and finish

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