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Kelyn WatsonArgument Synthesis PaperMy father grew up in the ghettos of Passaic with four brothers and sisters and a single mother. He was raised mostly by my great-grandmother because his mother was too young to take care of five children all by herself. My dad grew up poor and was destined to be poor for the rest of his life. However, he was always very determined. He constantly told himself that he would make it out of the projects and “be somebody successful”. Against all odds he became the first person in his family to go to college and get a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Everything about my father’s situation growing up screamed underclass struggle and yet my father still managed to make it outof Passaic and into the suburbs. From birth, poor children are provided with less opportunities. Not every kid is as lucky as my dad, though. In fact, most aren't. Ninety-five percent of children born poor will be poor for all of their lives (Holt, 2005). This has nothing to do with the child itself, but everything to do with the environment the child grew up in. A child's environment can greatly affect their future and who they become. One of the biggest reasons so many children live in low income families is because theygrew up with a single parent (or parents) who do not have a college or high school degree. Low income families usually live in communities where school is not the numberone priority. Many students do not have the resources to do well in class which keeps them far behind the academic level they are suppose to be at. Others do not have the

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