I published a graphic on November 10, 2014 from the US National Education Association (NEA) that stated in part, "80%: Percentage of teachers who reported that their students came to school hungry at least once a week. A majority of the teachers surveyed also reported that student hunger was worsening."
Eighty percent. And later, a majority reporting that it is worsening. So that would be over 50 percent of that 80 percent.
So, here's the thing. Let's presume that the "at least once a week" part is careless kids not eating their breakfasts and non-vigilant parents not insisting...it is still 80 percent of the children spend one day a week coming to school under nourished.
Under nourishment means their brains are not being properly fed in a ready to learn way and it also means their growling bellies are distracting them from being ready to learn.
And over 50 percent of 80 percent of their teachers surveyed by this United States national organization are saying the problem is getting worse. At a minimum, then, we have a boatload (in this The Perfect Storm of hunger) of parents not doing due diligence making sure their children are ready to learn?
Maybe they just can't. They just can't cope. They just can't buy enough food because they are unemployed or underemployed. Perhaps they are not present at breakfast time because they are at work. What I am mentioning here is just the tip of the iceberg in the storm.
OK. So these children arrive at school. What then? Do they not get breakfast on the free and reduced food programs the US Government, or lunch for that matter? If they do not qualify income-wise, do we then blame their parents for just not feeding them?
WOW, folks, there are sure more questions than answers here. I would be delighted to have your comments below or come to my Facebook page, For All Our Children to leave a comment there. Let's spend some time on this one.
Stay tuned for more research and hopefully, answers. for all our children,