Facing the Impact of Poverty by Bruce Oliver

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February 2015 Volume XII Issue II

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The Southern Education Foundation issued a report in January 2015 showing that public schools “crossed a new significant threshold in 2013” when for the first time low income students became a majority in the nation’s public schools; nearly 50 million students qualified for free or reduced-price lunches.
 
Disquieting Data
Other alarming statistics have been reported by Dr. Glenn Flores and Bruce Lesley in their study on the impact of poverty. Some of their findings include the following:

  • Childhood poverty has reached its highest level in 20 years.
  • Child well-being in the United States has been in decline since the most recent recession.
  • 25% of children live in food-insecure households.
  • Seven million children lack health insurance.
  • A child is abused or neglected every 47 seconds.
  • 1 in 3 children is overweight or obese.
  • Five children are killed daily by firearms.
  • 1 in 5 children experiences a mental disorder.
 
Human Needs
In order to confront the issue of poverty in our schools, it is important to understand the basic human needs of all individuals. Therefore, it is appropriate to revisit the work of Abraham Maslow, a psychologist who studied human characteristics with an emphasis on exemplary people. In 1954, he presented the Hierarchy of Human Needs in his book Motivation and Personality. An examination of Maslow’s work reveals that it is as applicable today as it was when he first published it, especially in the lives of children in poverty. 
 

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