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Education, Government Policy, Hunger and Learning, John Key, Poverty & Socio-Economic Status and Education

Poverty of body, mind and soul

family heirloom - povertyI was having a lovely day today, reading Bridget Jones, drinking coffee, chatting with friends online, and generally swanning around enjoying myself.

Well, that is over with a bang.

How anyone could continue to be content with their lot when this is going on in our beautiful country is beyond me.  I certainly can’t.

Overall 265,000 children live in poverty – 25% of our kids.  One in four.

Not to be party political, because this is an issue for all parties and one they really must face together, but Mr Key’s assertion today that “the fastest way out of poverty was through work,”  was a total evasion of the whole problem. Two fifths of those in poverty live in homes where the parents do have jobs.  So how about maybe looking at a living wage?

And this woman is working – but that’s no help if there is nowhere for her to live other than a bloody tent!

Sorry, but I am just so incensed.

Anyway, that’s poverty and this site is about education, right?

Well, to me they are intrinsically linked.

Nourish the body, mind and soul

feed our kidsYes you can learn when you are poor, you can excel, too.  Students and teachers together do amazing things all the time and poverty is not necessarily the end of a person’s chances of success.

But – and it’s a big BUT … if you grow up in poverty, your chances of succeeding are far less than if you have food in your stomach, a warm and dry place to call home, and the money for medical care when you need it.

A child growing up in poverty suffers from stress that can impact their learning and indeed their whole lives.

A student that is cold cannot concentrate.

A student that is hungry cannot concentrate, either.

And, yes, a student that is ill and has no medication is hardly likely to be doing their best work.

Poverty and educational outcomes are linked.

Lalalala Not listening (again)

Paula Bennet on child povertySo I cannot for the life of me see why the government refuses to acknowledge AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS.

It comes to something when the Children’s Commissioner, Russell Wills,  has to find alternative funding because the government will not look into this.

Refuses to.

And Paula Bennet won’t even comment on it.

Despite plenty of research, such as that by Prof. Jonathan Boston, showing the link and the scale of the problem.

Despite Bryan Bruce’s Inside Child Poverty highlighting the issues plain and simple, and offering solutions.

Shame on this government.

Not good enough, New Zealand

Our children deserve better.

They all deserve to be fed, warm, in decent homes, have access to medical care that is free and comprehensive, and be able to learn with as few impediments as possible.

After all, this is New Zealand.  This the Godzone.  This is Aotearoa.

Our tamariki matter.



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