Friday, September 27, 2013

The end of poverty, soon

1. category of issue: poverty

2. level of issue: national

3. this article concerns: This article concerns everyone in my opinion. Optimists believe that our generation is the generation that could officially end extreme poverty by the year 2030.

4. how does this effect individuals/families?: Individuals are becoming more aware of the poverty level in our nation and are beginning to make a change that will potentially help lower the poverty rate. Since more American's are becoming aware and trying to make those changes necessary to decrease those numbers, it effects our nation as a whole and unites our country to end one of the most concerning issues we have ever faced.

5. my views:
I believe that this issue is something that more American's needed to be aware of. I have always been biased to this issue because I have always believed and been taught that if you wanted something bad enough you needed to work for it. But after reading articles related to this topic, like this one, and learning about poverty in this class, I have learned that it is more of a vicious cycle and is extremely hard to come out of whether we work for it or not. I believe that if American's want to make a positive change to this issue it is going to take an entire nation working together to make that change. We all need to help out one another in any way we can. A lot of this issue stems from health and education. Countries like Africa have seen a decline in mortality rates in children from 177 per 1,000 to 98 per 1,000. While this number is significantly lower it is still too high, according to this article and I agree.  I believe these numbers are a reflection of people being more aware of what is going on in the world and trying to help the situation. The real test will be if these type of numbers can decline all over the world and in our nation in particular until poverty is completely gone. Health and education need to be a main priority in my opinion to  really make an effect on poverty. It starts with health and reflects in the education these people receive.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you completely. I used to think that the more you want something, the harder you should work for it and if you want something bad enough, you would do whatever was in your power to obtain it. After learning about poverty and even watching the Food Stamped documentary, it is much harder for some people to regain stability after being in poverty their whole lives. Yes, granted, there are people who do work their way out of poverty, but this is an issue that needs to be addressed. If we educate people and provide them with the educational resources they may need, there might be an increase of the people rising from poverty.