Poverty¬† conveys the impression of individuals and families struggling to¬† afford basic sustenance, shelter and education. Nothing that we¬† should be concerned about then, since our status as the richest¬† country in the world precludes the possibility of poverty existing in¬† our society. Right? No. Really.
Based¬† on the latest CPS ASEC survey, the United States Census Bureau has¬† estimated that the official American poverty rate stands at an¬† incredible 14.3%, the highest since the survey begun 51 years ago.¬† There are 43.6 million Americans that live below the poverty line. In¬† other words, one in seven Americans are unable to properly feed,¬† cloth, shelter and educate themselves and their families.
These¬† disturbing numbers are not a one off, in case anyone is wondering.¬† The numbers have been steadily declining for years, and the worst¬† part is, the poverty rate among children under the age of 18 is¬† 20.7%. That‚Äôs one in five of our kids, the very same ones who will¬† inherit the country.
‚ÄĘ I think that education is the key to the opportunity to escape poverty.
‚ÄĘ I think poverty means malnutrition, poor grades, poor education and has long term consequences.¬† Improving education is essential to defeating poverty.
‚ÄĘ I believe that communities should work together instead of depending on public assistance.