Education and Poverty Essay

993 Words Nov 20th, 2013 4 Pages
Exploring Poverty and Education
Education and poverty is a difficult subject to explore. Many views are held when it comes to the value of education for the underprivileged and whether or not it is the key to removing an individual from an impoverished condition. “The Social Animal”, a book by David Brooks, explores this subject of poverty and education through the life of one of his characters named Erica. Erica comes from an ethnic background, from a broken home, born from parents who did not receive higher educations, and can be considered an underprivileged child. Brooks focuses on the changes Erica goes through in her life from elementary school, all the way to adulthood, and highlights the fact that she was able to attend a
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It has a mission statement that could be considered to be very similar to that of the Academies. “We are committed to opening doors for students historically underrepresented in higher education… Eastside students…are the first in their families to go to college create a ripple effect, changing their own lives, the lives of their families and the life of their community.” These schools are trying to essentially break the poverty cycle that can grip an entire generation of families. The founders of the Academy could not pin point any one cause that resulted in the effect of poverty. “They figured it arose from a mixture of loss of manufacturing jobs, racial discrimination, globalization, cultural transmission, bad luck, bad government policies, and a thousand other factors.” Poverty could be considered an emergent system, many parts coming together to become an entity that was far greater than any of the individual parts. The founders of the Academy believed in this idea that poverty is an emergent system with no pin point answer as to what causes poverty. Furthermore, “they believed that it was futile to try to find one lever to lift kids out of poverty, because there was no one cause for it.” But they did know they could make a difference in the lives of individuals by providing an environment that would support the motivation and discipline necessary to get a college degree. The founders felt, “no specific intervention is going to turn around the life

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