Effects of Poverty on Children

Effects of Poverty on Children’s Academics


Academic Performance

          Many children who are in poverty suffer in school because of the economic condition of their parents. Parents might not be able send their children to a private school because they live in poverty. So parents enroll their children in a public school which has no cost, but may be in a poorly rum school detracting. When compared with children from more efficient, poor children are more likely to have low academic achievement, to drop out of school, and to have health, behavioral, and emotional problems. In addition, the family might live in a poor neighborhood and prone to violence.

         There are serious cases for children who live below the federal poverty line. First, children who live under the poverty line are more likely to have developmental delays or learning disabilities compared to children who are not poor. One reason is because nutrition impacts children’s cognitive ability and it could affect their growth. Secondly, the poor children who attend school hungry perform more poorly on standardized test. Third and the most important, poor children also increase the risk for lead poisoning which lowers IQ and causes speech and hearing problems. The children who are poor increase that risk because they are so hungry they could ingest paint, or they could inhale it. Also, children experience stress through constant change. These stresses can accumulate as they grow up.

                                                                  School Unreadiness

         Many children who are in poverty are not ready for school. There are causes for unreadiness. First are the CGA (Children’s Global Assessment) find children that are unready for school in low- income popularities.  40% of American children are not prepared for primary schooling. One reason they are not ready is they do not have the supplies to work with during school. Children in poverty may not be ready because they miss out on things that help with the development in school. They might not have computers. They have not experienced, visiting the zoo, museum. They aren’t enrolled in preschool programs, and do not have access to literature and educational reading materials. They are missing out on social things like playing sports with your friends.

         In Conclusion, Many of the children live in poverty. They suffer the consequences in school.


· For children younger than 18, the poverty rate increased from 17.4 percent in 2006 to 18 percent in 2007, the highest rate since 1998.