LETTER: Instill hope in a child of povertyTo the Telegram: It has been known all across the globe that children are the key to unlocking the doors of the next generation.
To the Telegram:
It has been known all across the globe that children are the key to unlocking the doors of the next generation.
Sadly, children all around the world and in our communities are struggling with poverty. Children growing up in poverty today are at a higher risk than ever to accept defeat in their classrooms and to give up on class exercises.
As our world evolves, so does self-image. Have you ever looked at yourself and thought you just didn’t look the way you’d like to? Maybe you’ve, at one time, felt like people around you were smarter or knew more about basic things than you did.
Children growing up in poverty create this idea about themselves and it starts at a young age. Instead of children focusing on meeting new friends and doing well, their success in school is, we see many focusing on where they are from rather than where they want to go.
Children start off seeing themselves as the next LeBron James or the next Pop sensation. But there’s an age we all hit when we realize: “I’m not going to be either of those things.” We ask ourselves: “What will I be?”
Regardless of race or ethnicity, it has been found that children growing up in poverty struggle to find their self-worth.
We know a struggling economy, lack of job growth and growing gap between rich and poor has hit every city in our nation. It is youth who feel the effects harder than we if we stay on this path.
It’s time to think about youth in our educational systems — budget cuts and diminished spending in education to get budget deficits in line. Does this mean we should turn our backs on our future leaders?
The answer is no. Even though some are cutting education, it is a pivotal moment for children. Parents can help by taking time to read and write with their children, even if it’s only 30 minutes a day. I know we are busy and struggle to make ends meet, but children need you.
By spending time with your children to develop their reading and writing skills, it also gives parents a chance to bond and show their children they care. And it will raise their self-esteem and create a more positive attitude in the classroom.
Just because government has put youth on the back burner, it doesn’t mean parents should. It is time to show our strength as parents, community leaders. Help educate our youth; show people who think poverty is a permanent condition it’s not when there is strength in community and parenting.
Let’s flex our minds and show the people in power in this nation that we can overcome.
Ryan R. Gapske,