Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Why Don’t Students Learn About Poverty?

Posted on June 15, 2015

Commentary for Spotlight–Why Don’t Students Learn About Poverty?

In the latest commentary for Spotlight, contributor Harlan Beckley, executive director of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), argues that college students in the United States receive inadequate education about poverty. Beckley argues that by a number of measures, the U.S. ranks among the most impoverished developed nations. He says that all students should graduate with the knowledge that poverty is a chronic challenge in the U.S., and with an understanding of policies and approaches to alleviate it. However, he argues, most colleges lack dedicated curricula to study poverty. Beckley points to the two dozen member schools in SHECP as examples of diverse and focused poverty studies programs, recommending that more colleges nationwide adopt such curricula.

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