Project in Research
Preliminary research proposal and passed Topic defense
Submitted By: Lyza Grace Nacion
Submitted To: Mrs. Submi Jamantoc
Title: “Hope for their future”
A research study about child poverty
“Hope for their future”
-refers to the phenomenon of children living in poverty. This applies to children that come from poor families or orphans being raised with limited, or in some cases absent, state resources. Children that fail to meet the minimum acceptable standard of life for the nation where that child lives are said to be poor. In developing countries these standards are lower and when combined with the increased number of orphans the effects are more extreme.
Poverty and Its Effects on Children
According to the Oxford University dictionary poverty is the "state of being extremely poor," or "the state of being insufficient in amount." This particular issue is, and had been a, problem in America fluctuating with the passing years. What's more is the effect it has on children living in homes plagued with poverty. Not only does poverty affect the child's well being, but it impacts their education as well. In general, children from homes living under the poverty line have poorer performance in school. Such performance has also been linked as far back as cognitive and emotional development which is lower in poverty stricken children than those children who live in homes whose income is above the poverty line. Although data has not yet been gathered to give specific details of all the cognitive effects, especially in older children, it is clear that the effects are not only present but threatening to the well being of the children involved. So what is it exactly that creates a rift between children from low income homes and those living above the poverty line? For one, these children lack the stability that comes with a higher income home. This means having the things that other children have from adequate nutrition to weather appropriate clothing. In addition, less income generally means there are less opportunities for educational activities and learning experiences. In this way low income students have less experience to draw upon when learning new concepts. As a result it can also mean fewer chances to apply the newly acquired knowledge, and in turn retention of this knowledge can be minimized. Additionally schools should begin to create activities that will create comradery and harmony among the students to increase understanding and acceptance of all types of diverse backgrounds. In this way, it can ease the tension between classmates, as well as give children from impoverish homes the chance to develop in a more social and desirable manner. This can aid in subduing the higher rate of emotional and behavioral problems in these youths. With more people to trust and talk to these children will not only have an outlet, but also a model for what type of person they can be. It is positive reinforcement in the best way, to give them the kind of support they need. In conclusion, schools should begin to prepare for the rising rate of poverty. Although the issue of poverty is being addressed so as to alleviate the problem entirely, the solution doesn't look like it will be here in the near future. For schools this means creating a more diverse environment to aid in the learning process of those who are not so fortunate. It is already clear that poverty creates huge problems in those affected by it, that students who come from homes below the poverty line meet more emotional, behavioral, and educational problems than their more fortunate counterparts. Since this problem is now so evident, with proof behind it, it is important that one take steps to create a better solution now. Poverty doesn't have to cause students to learn less or have fewer opportunities. To be sure it is a set back for that student, but schools need to level the playing field and create a place...
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