“Robert Coles has devoted his professional life to listening to children whose voices are so often ignored and who tell stories many of us do not want to hear. He and Randy Testa have assembled a remarkable selection of these narratives—both fictional and all too real—in the challenging yet ultimately hopeful collection Growing Up Poor. Let us listen!” —Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children’s Defense Fund
Poor Parents teach their children Poverty Habits and their children grow up to become unhappy, unsuccessful and poor. Those who are raised in Poverty Parenting households represent about 30% of the population in America. This 30% struggle financially, rent small homes, have infrequent, inexpensive vacations and are generally not well educated. Poor Parents pass along Poverty Habits to their children and their children grow up to be unhappy, unsuccessful and poor. This cycle of poverty perpetuates itself from one generation to the next and it is the reason the poor get poorer.
Children Growing Up Poor in America :: Papers
Admittedly, a real blue-collar middle class still exists in some places, just as unions still exist. But both are on the ropes like some old pug boxer taking the facial cuts and popping eye capillaries with no referee to come in and stop the carnage. The American bootstrap myth is merely another strap that makes the working poor privately conclude that they must in some way be inferior, given that they cannot seem to apply that myth to their own lives. Hell, Pootie, if immigrants can put together successful businesses of their own, why can’t you keep up with your truck payments? Right now, even by the government’s spruced-up numbers, one-third of working Americans make less than $9 an hour. A decade from now, five of the ten fastest-growing jobs will be menial, dead-end jokes on the next generation—mainly retail clerks, cashiers, and janitors, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.