Breaking Poverty: The Difficult Attempts to Receive a Proper Education by Students from Impoverished Families

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Breaking Poverty: The Difficult Attempts to Receive a Proper Education by Students from Impoverished Families Being deprived of resources which are essential in everyday life is poverty. In the United States, poverty is a growing problem, but in other areas of the world, it has been part of their history. Stereotypical images representing poverty are “fallen down shacks and trashed out public housing, broken windows, dilapidated porches,” and “barefoot kids wish stringy hair” (George, 2004). Not all cases of poverty are as severe as this example, when I think of poverty; I picture thin and dirty men and women wearing tattered clothing and single parents struggling to provide for their children by working multiple jobs for low wages. In society today, there are few people who deserve poverty and the troublesome life that goes along with it. When I drive around town, I often encounter men and women standing along the street holding signs, begging for help or money. Most of the signs read something similar to “I’m going through rough times and need a little money to get by. Please, any amount will help.” People feel sympathy for others begging, but some abuse collected money so they can continue negative habits, and then if made known people wouldn't feel bad anymore. Not everyone begging for money use it inappropriately because there are plenty who use donated money for important things like buying food or clothing and paying for bills, but the select few who use it to support their addictions still remain. Helping the right people in poverty is a difficult task to achieve. The Food Stamp Program, welfare program, and unemployment program aid people dealing with poverty, but many people take advantage of these programs so they ... ... middle of paper ... ... References George, D. (2004). Changing the Face of Poverty: Nonprofits and the Problems of Representation. In M. A. Himley, Critical Encounters with Text: Finding a Place to Stand (pp. 193-195). Syracuse, NY: Pearson Custom Publishing. Green, A. (2004). Attacks on the Homeless Rise, With Youths Mostly to Blame. In M. A. Himely, Critical Encounters with Texts: Finding a Place to Stand (pp. 193-195). Syracuse, NY: Pearson Publications. Hooks, B. (2004). Seeing and Making Culture: Representing the Poor. In M. A. Himley, Critical Encounter with Text: Finding a Place to Stand (pp. 223-238). Syracuse, NY: Pearson Publications. Parker, J. G. (2008). What is Poverty? In J. Wyrick, Steps to Writing Well with Additional Readings, 7th Edition (pp. 607-609). N/A: Thomson Wadsworth. Payne, R. K. (2005). A Framework for Undertanding Poverty. N/A: aha Process, Inc.

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