It is an absolute disgrace and an outrage that in a rich country and in a rich province like ., we have 500,000 people living in poverty at last count, the highest poverty rate in Canada; 119,000 of them children. Remember the unanimous vote of our federal Parliament in 1989 to put an end to child poverty by 2000? What happened to our moral obligation to do the right thing? Did we forget? Was it no longer a pledge to be honoured by our elected parliamentarians? Does it no longer matter that we have children going to bed and to school hungry?
In this part of the lesson, students will continue to examine poverty in the United States and how sociological research can add to our understanding of social class, social change, and poverty.
First, provide students with a copy of the essay/transcript, “Poverty’s Children” by Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune . Ask students to read this article. Once they are done, hold a discussion about the article by eliciting students’ thoughts on these questions (they can write their responses on the Social Class, Social Change, and Poverty student sheet):
This next page is a reposting of a flyer about a new book from . Smith and the Institute for Economic Democracy, whom I thank for their kind permission. The book is called Economic Democracy: The Political Struggle Of The 21st Century. Typically on this site, I do not advertise books etc, (although I will cite from and link to some, where relevant). However, in this case, I found that the text in the flyer provides an excellent summary of poverty's historic roots, as well as of the multitude of issues that cause poverty. (Please also note that I do not make any proceeds from the sale of this book in any way.)