Education funding often falls to the backburner in our capitalism society. According to the article “Poverty and Education” corporations such as Bank of America, Exxon-Mobil, Wells Fargo, Google, and General Electric paid little or no federal taxes in 2009 “thus keeping $222.7 billion out of the federal coffers. According to a report by the National Education Association, $9.8 billion of these lost revenues would have gone to public colleges and schools, adding 100,000 jobs in public education and giving 400,000 poor children the chance to enroll in preschool.” The fact that money is going towards big businesses instead of education reinforces social systems. This allows large corporations CEO’s and company presidents to become more wealthy and powerful while further disadvantaging the less wealthy.
Education is the first step for lower class citizens to change their standings. According to the Labor Bureau of Statistics the average weekly earnings and amount of education are positively correlated, while the amount of education and unemployment is negatively correlated. Therefore if children’s income affects their education, there is a never-ending circle and perpetuation of class. There are several programs that help lower income families to get their children a good education and childcare. This includes educational programs or activities such as President Johnson’s Head Start program, which “serves over 800,000 children in predominantly part-day programs, almost 50 percent of eligible three and four year old children,” (Currie, 2001). Other programs include the “Houston Parent Child Development Center” (Johnson and Walker 1991), which offers home visits, full day childcare, and center-based programs for parents. A similar program is “The Milwaukee Project”, which offers full day childcare and job/academic training for mothers. Another helpful educational program is the “Early Training Project”, which offers home visits and summer part-day preschool programs. My application will serve as a resource that lower income families can use to find information on programs like the ones previously mentioned. It will also include different low cost learning and socialization activities for them to engage in with their children. This will help to give less economically challenged children and parents’ recourses to help them take advantage of help and beneficial opportunities.
Along with sharing information of helpful low cost programs such as “Head Start” and “The Milwaukee Project” the application will also help parents to identify low cost activities in their area. Socialization and experiencing new situations is also necessary for children to grow. This is also an area where families are easily disadvantaged because of low-income. Here, the app will identify when attractions, such as the zoo, are discounted. It will also identify low cost clubs, teams, and events in their area.
The application will be smart phone hosted. Although not all parents may have smartphones, a lot of lower income families now use smart phones. This is because of the phones technological convergence, which gives it the capabilities of laptops and computers at a lower cost. The app being used on a cell phone will also allow it to be easily and quickly available, giving the app a larger possibility of being accessed. The application will be most useful with location access. This would help the app to identify the resources that are easily accessible to them.
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