The Importance Of Education In Poverty

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The American dream, a life full of opportunity in a land that is believed to give people everything they could ever ask for. Education is supposed to be the best and job opportunities are endless. America would like people to believe that starting out as an underdog, barely making ends meet, that with hard work, the ability to move throughout the social ladder will bring people out on top. The class system of America is flawed and the lower class and under class, are those who live below the poverty line and need government assistance, and do not always have the same opportunities or quality of education and employment that is promised. This is because of social stratification, which is ‘inequalities among individuals and groups within human …show more content…
However, having your child grow up in poverty is an increasing norm for children, and is more commonly found among black children in the United States (Tavernise). American children living in poverty decreased from 2010 to 2013, but around 38.3 percent of black children in the United States lived in poverty compared to the 10.7 percent of white children, which is about four times the amount (Tavernise). From a sociological perspective, the major reasoning comes from the inequalities those black children’s parents face, stemming from a lack of education or poor living situations that led to a lack of job opportunities and advancement in society to better the lives of their children. The census that was released did not directly look into why black children were among the poorest, but a possibility could be the unemployment rates which over the years has been the greatest among Africa-Americans than another other racial or ethnic group (Tavernise). It also became greater once the recession begun (Tavernise). Child poverty can only begin to decrease in those who are struggling the most if their families are given equal opportunities to better themselves, which in turn will better their …show more content…
It is the structural inequality that “describes social and economic patterns that keep women disproportionately poor around the world” (Rios). “The reason behind this comes from different factors such as sexism, wage discrimination and the downward mobility due to divorce/death of spouse and other changes in life circumstances and all of these are compounded by racism” (Pratt). “Despite the overall poverty rate declining in America, 18 million women remain below the poverty line. That’s one in seven American women- and 40% of women who head up families and 26.6% of Black women live in poverty” (Rios). To attempt to bring women out of poverty, government officials have tried to bring to light the issue of gender impacts on poverty, by teaching women “about financial management and entrepreneurship, and investing in communities” (Rios). Also making women have equal opportunity with anti-poverty and government organizations like Welfare and Social Security (Rios). Overall, this means discrimination of women should not appear in employment interviews, discussions of salary increases or opportunities of employment advancements and the emphasis in diversity of race, age, gender and ability needs to be taken more seriously in the professional world

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