Education and Poverty Research Paper - Alexa Hulse AP...

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Alexa HulseAP Lang//Poverty Research PaperMr.JonesJune 10th, 2018Poverty and EducationPoverty is one of the most prevalent problems facing the United States today. It has been proven that being born into poverty means you are likely to remain in poverty. In places all across the country impoverished children aren’t getting the education they need to succeed due toa lack of resources and funding. A good education most often leads to a good career which then leads to future earnings. Without that first step it is almost impossible to succeed in a country likethe United States. The United States government since the 20th century has said they will eliminate poverty, yet they have only implemented a few educational programs that have kept poverty severe and continued to increase the gap between rich and poor. Education is the pathway to leaving poverty and a lack of it is the main reason people remain impoverished, which is why this issue needs to be taken seriously in the government and every community.Children from impoverished families have disadvantages from the start of their schooling. Many of these kids start school with challenges in cognitive and literary ability (Taylor 1). This can come from the type of environment they grow up in, not being able to affordpreschool before starting kindergarten, and other factors. Regardless of the cause, what these children need is more attention and services to help them but their financial state causes problems all throughout their schooling. In secondary schools, there is a low participation rate among low income students as many drop out the first chance they get (Tilak 198). For those who decide to stay in high school, the percentage of students attending college is less than 50%
(Taylor 4). These students dropping out mostly end up working minimum wage jobs or not working at all because it is so difficult to get a well paying job while uneducated. The only way to get poverty rates to decrease is to keep low income children in school through college. Being educated will have positive effects on impoverished families and communities as poverty is extremely prevalent among the uneducated but barely exists for those who are educated (Tilak 199). Education is also becoming necessary for future success as by 2020, of job openings will require college education (Taylor 4). For those children dropping out of school at the high school level, finding a job that will keep them above the poverty line will be extremely difficult.

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