US Child Poverty

AP US Government and Politics

What percent of American children live in poverty?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. Based on what you've just learned from this chart, list one adjective to describe how America treats her children:

  3. What questions do you have about the chart?

  4. How surprised are you by the fact that 1/3 of US children living in poverty?

  5. In the comments section below, answer the following question: Is this good news?

  6. Why do 1/3 of all American children live in poverty?

  7. What is a consequence of the fact that 1/3 of American children live in poverty?

  8. Claim: “If children don’t want to be poor they should do something about that!” Based on your knowledge of American politics, respond to this claim.

  9. Why do you think the US, one of the world's richest countries, has a worse poverty rate than countries with far fewer resources?

  10. How do you think countries like Denmark, Finland, and Norway are able to keep their child poverty rate below 10%?

  11. If you were given the option of being born in a country where 1/3 of the kids were poor or a country where 1/10 kids were poor explain which you would you chose. (Pro Tip: this offer has expired.)

  12. How do you think the current presidential administration will impact the rate of child poverty in the U.S.?

  13. We beat Latvia in our rate of child poverty!!!! Is this good news?

  14. Describe one policy the US could implement to lower the child poverty rate?

  15. Describe the process of implementing a policy like this.

  16. What U.S. agencies of departments would be the most involved in any attempts to lower child poverty?

  17. Based on his writings in Letter From Birmingham Jail, what do you think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would say about Americans and child poverty rates?

  18. How do you imagine child poverty rates vary by state?*

  19. Based on the state poverty rate map below and your knowledge of American politics, what conclusion about party identification and poverty can you draw?*

  20. How do you think American child poverty rates have changed over time?*

  21. What about American political culture explains the high poverty rate in the U.S.?

  22. How would the following ideologies likely respond to the level of child poverty in the U.S.?

  • Liberalism

  • Conservatism

  • Libertarianism

  • Socialism

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Read the new report from the Children's Defense Fund about how we dramatically reduce US child poverty.

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