Child Poverty: A Nation's Failure Persuasive Essay by Master Researcher

Child Poverty: A Nation's Failure
A study of child poverty in the United States.
# 36401 | 1,400 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 08, 2003 in Sociology (Welfare) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This paper discusses the situation of child poverty in the United States including its causes, effects and geographical distribution. The paper provides statistics that demonstrate that children in large cities and minority children are disproportionately poor, though the rate of poverty among young white children and those in the suburbs is growing fastest. The paper also shows how increased poverty in our nation is the very real cause for the increased failure of our children in school. The paper argues that the fundamental cause of perpetual poverty is the failure of the American people to invest adequately in the human capital represented by impoverished children.

From the Paper:

"One of every five children in the United States, the world's richest nation, lives in poverty, claimed the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). (Inter Press Service English News Wire, 07-13-2000)
"The children of the working poor form the fastest-growing segment of child poverty in the United States, according to a study released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The seventh annual Kids Count Data Book, a state-by-state survey of children's well-being, found that 5.6 million children - more than one-third of all children living in poverty - belong to working-poor families. That represents a 30 percent increase between 1989 and 1994. (FRANDSEN, 1998)
""The image of child poverty is a little more complex than the one we tend to throw around of it being the result of the unmarried welfare mother," said Douglas W. Nelson, executive director of the Baltimore- based Annie E. Casey Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy dedicated to disadvantaged children."

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