It can be easy to think of poverty that occurs in far off countries. The truth is, it's in our own backyards. These frightening statistics will highlight this. Choose a few facts that are relevant to your school district or age group and start advocating for change.
This incredibly informative article gives a detailed description of how poverty effects education. Whilst it may come as no surprise it is important to remember that students from low socioeconomic backgrounds are seemingly aware of their lowered status from an early age.
If you have found yourself in a low income school and are struggling to get through to your students, then this article will help you. Students learn in a variety of ways, but this article focuses on the barriers that poverty places in learning.
As this TedX Talk states, it's easy to say that we are doing our bit to eliminate the gap in education that is caused by poverty. But are we? I like the comment that we need to create 'equitable access to opportunity' in order to create success. Hopefully this is a motto that can help remember how important it is invest in young people's education, regardless of economic background.
This organization helps young people through writing. By giving them hope through education, the lives of many 'at risk' teens can be turned around. Freedom Writers offer many programs that may be of great use to inspire your low income and low motivated learners.