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!