Creating a better world for children in poverty

Creating a better world for children in poverty

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Lillie Fowler started this petition to Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.

Children in poverty have been a problem for the world since the beginning of time. The idea of every man for himself has normalized greed and the caste system facilitated the right to keep it that way. Though now there are few places that still have the caste system, its ideology has continued in places that didn't have the caste system, to begin with. This takes you to the United States, a place where every child is told they will have a fair chance of success. This is simply not true. The fact of the matter is that children in poverty have a significantly smaller chance of success than children born rich do. As a result children in poverty face a lot more problems than upper-class children. 

A big problem that children in poverty face are education. Though it could be argued that in the U.S. all children have to go to school and so they all have a chance for a future, the differences between such schools can be mind-boggling. For example, we know that the school districts get money from the tax dollars in that area. Furthermore, we know that each area has a different amount of taxes. So, it is not surprising that schools in urban and rural areas where the tax base is lower will have fewer materials than a school district with a higher tax base that is often suburban schools. This is not to say that the government didn’t try to fix this. In fact, they did when they passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1965, the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, and then more recently the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA for short was passed in 2015. Though all these acts did help, they did not get rid of the inequalities, they just managed to reduce the number of inequalities that were present.

 These inequalities for children in poor areas go even further. A study conducted by Sanford explains that poor city districts and urban areas often attract less qualified teachers. This is further explained when they say that teachers often don't want to teach kids they don't relate to which makes it so the teachers who are from the suburbs teach in the suburbs. The author clarifies that it isn't that the teachers that grew up in cities and rural areas aren't qualified, it just means that there are fewer of them. So, as a result, those poorer communities often have a lack of teachers, which attracts less qualified teachers and continues this cycle of an unfair school system. This also keeps the kids down and makes it harder for them to have a better future.

Another problem that children in poverty face is food insecurity. Food is such a basic right that you don't think about kids going hungry in such a big country. Before the pandemic hit, 10.5% of Americans had food insecurities(about 13.7 million households). Due to the pandemic, this number has gone up significantly to around 16.48% of households having food insecurities. People who used to bring food to pantries are now getting food from them so that they are able to feed their families. This seriously affects the children living in poverty and forces them to deal with something that they can’t control.

These are just a couple of the serious problems that children in poverty face. Although the United States government has tried to reduce the inequalities present in poor children’s lives, We believe that there is so much more that needs to be done. We believe that we should merge rich and poor neighbors to create more diverse classrooms and have better taxes for both sides.

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