Homeless: The Motel Kids Of Orange Country Analysis

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CPoverty is an ongoing problem in the United States. Many people in the country live wondering about their next meal or their next source of income. In Orange Country, many families have given up their homes and moved their families into one bedroom motels. The documentary, Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County by Alexandra Pelosi, follows the lives of several children living in the Motel across the street from the happiest place on earth Disneyland. However the lives of these children are not so happy, the documentary shows the daily harsh ships of gang violence, lack of education, and inadequate housing they face. Impoverished communities have been shown to have significantly higher rates of crime and violence. One sense in the movie, …show more content…
The homeless children attend Project Hope School, with a public school for grades K-8 designed to keep children in school year around. 67 students attend Project Hope and the grades are split among 3 classrooms with one teacher in each. Due to California budget crisis cuts were taken from the education system causing Project Hope to lose two teachers. Organizations, like Project Hope School, are design to provide extra support the homeless children need to help them be successful. However, a teacher working at Project Hope was interviewed about the success rate of the students attending, she stated,“Half of the children will be successful, at least with a job. Then others will get pregnant early or go to jail early.” Educational attainment for children living in poverty is difficult because of the inadequate schools available to them. The quality education a child receives is dependent on the financial status of their parents. The homeless children are unavailable to attend a regular public school because their families do not have a permanent residency within the school district. Project Hope only carries grade K-8, but where will the children go after that? Educators working in poor communities do what they can to guide students to pursue their educations, but many of their students drop out. The student's reasons for dropping out are because of they cannot afford the education, need to support their family, or lack of interest. As a society, we value education yet do not provide resources for children who need help because they are a lost

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