The effects of childhood poverty extend beyond the home. Educators and school board officials in the city of Memphis see first-hand how an impoverished situation truly does affect a child’s learning environment.
In Memphis alone, 39 percent of children are living in poverty. That is more than 10 percent than the national child poverty rate, according to The Urban Child Institute.
One of the main issues faced by children in poverty is a lack of strong parental guidance in the home. Educators, however, are often forced to deal with the repercussions. These issues can even affect children’s brain development, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan.
A study conducted by a team of researchers in St. Louis reports that “children who are exposed to poverty at a young age often have trouble academically later in life.”
Memphis educators within the inner city schools and charter schools are speaking out on this problem from their perspectives.