In 2007 18% of children in the United States were living in poverty, and 12.5% of the entire population lived in poverty, which amounts to 37.3 million people (US Census Bureau Poverty 2007). To be considered actually living in poverty, not just poor, a single person home had to report an annual income of $10,590 or less, while a home with four people residing in it needed to report $21,203 annual salary (US Census Bureau Poverty Thresholds). These statistics demonstrate the overwhelming need for teachers to know how to best teach students coming from poverty. Almost 20% of our students live in actual poverty, which indicates that a substantial portion of our students must be living in homes that struggle financially. It would be irresponsible not to address the different learning needs of poor students.
"Teaching Reading Comprehension to Children of Poverty,"
Academic Leadership Journal: Vol. 8
, Article 42.
Available at: http://scholars.fhsu.edu/alj/vol8/iss3/42