Research has proven that there are negative effects to being raised in poverty. Research has also proven that there are negative effects to being raised in affluence.
By concentrating on financial poverty as being a major deterrent in the education of children we are ignoring the fact that this country was born and raised in poverty by those who came here to escape the impoverished conditions of their native lands.
We concentrate so much on the financial poverty of Americans that we have eradicated the spirit of hope and the work ethic that is necessary to overcome financial poverty. We have created a poverty of strength of character and work ethic that is more detrimental to our children than financial poverty has ever been.
Financial poverty was the catalyst that caused the slaves and indentured servants to rise up out of their condition and fight for a better world for themselves and their children.
It was the realization that their old world was unfair and unjust that caused the leaders of our new country to craft the language of our government so as to make financial prowess inconsequential in the sight of the human rights we all possess.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” Declaration of Independence as originally written by Thomas Jefferson.
It was the intent of public education to give the people the knowledge necessary to govern themselves. We must educate our children to lead not greed.
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