But Jay highlights a core issue. People in poverty having children that they can’t adequately care for with regard to food, housing, medical care etc. But mostly, children that they aren’t providing time, attention and priority to. Often because they are unequipped to do so. And sometimes, they just don’t care. Drugs, emotional and psychological issues that are based on a life of poverty yield many that absolutely shouldn’t be having children, no less multiple children.
In school, they get breakfast and lunch, although often, that isn’t the best food or even enough food. Often it’s warmer and quieter than home…and sometimes, especially the younger ones, fall asleep on a Monday morning after what might have been a chaotic, noisy and underfed weekend.
For some, by the time they’re 7 or 8, they come to school with anger and emotional issues that almost render them too far gone for a teacher to have any influence on.
The violence that is demonstrated even at the elementary level is mind boggling.
Nothing that the government does can be more effective than what happens in the home environment. What is it that is being done by those poor parents in these districts whose children still manage to succeed on some level in the public schools? Mostly the consistency and structure and dependability of at least one parent who shows up, picks up, follows through, responds, and knows what’s going on with their kid and cares.