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Children living in poverty are affected by several risk factors such social challenges, family issues, and emotional issues. These factors influence a childs behavior and can have an impact on the brain in a way that may decrease a childs intelligence. Educators must shift their thinking away from remediating children in poverty to providing enrichment opportunities to supplement for environmental deficiencies.
We already know that poverty exists and that there are a countless amounts of people who are struggling in their education from their unplanned situation. Poverty is not a pleasant subject. We all wish it would go away but we also must know that poverty will never disappear on its own. It can be limited with efforts from the parents, teachers, peers and community of these students. We need to focus on their learning by challenging, motivating, and assisting the poverty stricken students to help them overcome these challenges. Being in poverty should actually be the best reason for them to want to succeed.
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Once I complete my degree from NCU, I plan to apply in low-income districts.
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