Turning a Blind Eye

All over the world, small children are going hungry and dying because no one in the middle-class knows or cares enough to help them. Even minors living in well-educated areas seem to be turning a blind eye to the ever rising issue of poverty. Children in America are the future, and if they don’t know enough to be able to make a difference in the world, nothing is going to happen. For these reasons, poverty studies should be added to required school curriculum.

In two scientific examinations of an ordinary American school, students were asked questions that tested their knowledge in the field of poverty. (1) First, three questions were asked of them: 1. Name the two countries that currently are suffering from food shortages. 2. How much does it cost to feed one child for one day? 3. How many grains of rice are in one serving for one person? (1) Because the first question had two parts, half points were awarded. Although the questions were fairly simple, out of 43 questions asked, only 10.5 were correct! (1) 4 adults were questioned, and again, they only got 25 percent of the answers right! (1) In the second study, Students went onto Freerice.com, and answered questions about World Hunger. (2) Twelve students participated, and out of 120 answers, only 35 were correct. (2) On average the group, comprised of 13 to 14 year olds, only answered three out of the ten answers right! (2)

A New York Times article seems to confirm my conclusion. It openly states that average American citizens aren’t aware that poverty in the U.S.A. is going down gradually, and that if they only took notice of it, they would be able to speed it up! (4) Tiny charities that no one has ever heard of are making huge differences in eradicating poverty, and these charities need support! >(4) If only U.S. citizens were educated about these causes, then they would be able to make a huge difference!

Poverty is a weighted issue, and it needs a lot of support!!! According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 12.9 percent of kids living in poverty have health insurance. (3) Many studies show that the small corporations that no one has heard of make the biggest difference. (4) These organizations need support, and the only way that we can help them is by educating ourselves about poverty! This is why we should add poverty studies to U.S. school curriculum!

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13 thoughts on “Turning a Blind Eye

  1. I have a question for you: Would students knowing meaningless statistics save lives? If I knew more statics that meant absolutely nothing to me, that were just another number, would that save a life? I Only actions save lives.

  2. For example, how does my knowledge of “the two countries that currently are suffering from food shortages” enable me to help anyone?

  3. For example, how does my knowledge of “the two countries that currently are suffering from food shortages” enable me to help anyone??

  4. This isn’t about the statistics. They are just proof that children our age don’t care enough about the people dying in Africa to take action. My point is that the school systems should take action for them, and teach them about the hardships they go through. I included the statistics to prove that people like you don’t know (or care) enough to take action.

    1. So you are saying that all it will take is to save suffering people is school children memorizing statistics? Statistics save lives?

      1. I LITERALLY JUST SAID THAT MY STATISTICS JUST HELP SUPPORT MY CLAIM. I simply mean that kids our age need to take more initiative.

  5. It shows you where to take action and which places could benefit. Knowing about poverty helps you figure out how your actions help, or how your actions could help. Knowing how many grains of rice are in one serving show you how much time to spend on FreeRice.com. Knowing how much it costs to feed one child for one day shows you what your donations mean.

    1. But knowing these statistics doesn’t help us make donations. We should be taught how we can help and make a difference, not how many grains of rice feed a person.

  6. The statistic don’t help that much your saying help but you don’t really tell use how or what to do.

    1. Knowing the facts helps some people who like to know exactly what their impact represents. If you truly care about supporting people living in poverty, then you study up about it, learn the facts. This helps you calculate your impact instead of just blatantly putting your all into something and hoping for the best.

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