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BEP2 TASK 2 Task 2 BEP2 Sharmet Solarz Thomas February 1, 2016 A Written Project Presented to the Faculty of the Teachers College of Western Governors University
BEP2 TASK 2 1 Research Topic The topic of research was the role of poverty in education. Research Problem Poverty has been a major determinant in the way of life. The gap between the wealthy and the poor creates a difference in the mode of living between these two groups. People in different social classes reside in different surroundings, feed differently and generally have entirely dissimilar living habits. Consequently, though the children from these two social classes have some uniting factors, social class classifies them as either poor or rich. A kid from a rich family will attend a private school, have a better diet, and also have better access to information. Their counterparts from the less wealthy families attend a public school where the mode of delivery of the curriculum is very different. Since people segregate their selves according to their social class, there are regions that have schools with better facilities. According to a report by Child Fund International, poverty correlates with poor performance in school. The report showed that the states in the south and west had the most school going children from poor families. The counties with the highest poverty levels were Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. (The Effects of Poverty on Education in the United States, 2015) In the world today, education is considered as a basic need for all people. The government of the United States has made it compulsory for every citizen to get formal education. This is to ensure that the literacy level in the country is maintained. A country that has high literacy level shows reduced poverty rates as the people are able to pursue entrepreneurship and also get employment in institutions. However, the poverty in the families of these children forces some of the children
BEP2 TASK 2 2 to drop out of school before they even join high school. For most of those who continue with education, the high rates of poverty and lack of basic human needs hinders them from concentrating in their studies and therefore leads to poor performance in school. According to a 2012 report by the National Centre for Education Statistics, about 21 percent of school going children came from families that were living in poverty. (Children Living in Poverty, 2014). This is an indication that a large number of school going children in the United States do not have access to basic human needs. The schools that these students attend also reflects the life they lead. In an interview by the PBS NewsHour, one teacher explained that she has to ensure that the children have fed and that they are clean before learning. This is because some of the children are from families that can barely afford one meal per day and proper hygiene is not a priority. The teacher confessed that the children find it hard to focus on academics due to the abject poverty that they live in. (LAYTON, 2015). This shows that poverty

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