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Salientaspects of poverty

Thoughthe government sets the poverty line at around $23,050 annually,considering a family of four, the rates are even worse with so manykids living below this poverty line. As portrayed in this series,poverty is real among families. As it is evident within the series,aspects of poverty entailed in it include lack of education, lack ofproper diet and deprivation of childhood among others. Kaylie doesnot go to school due to constant movements thus lacking propereducation which would be normal for a rich kid. Another aspect ofpoverty is portrayed by the parents who are torn since they cannotprovide for their families. Brittany depends on food given out inschool during Fridays. Additionally, the food is meant to last for awhole weekend. The kids involved in this series are being deprivedoff their childhood and is a key indication of poverty [ CITATION Dor13 l 1033 ].

Asper the descriptions of relative and absolute poverty, the kids areliving under absolute poverty. This means they are severely deprivedoff their basic needs such as shelter, education, food, drinkingwater, sanitation facilities and information among others. The kidsare not living a normal life, and though they have big dreams,achieving them tend to be a huge task. For instance Kaylie wonderswhether she will ever get a better future if she cannot have propereducation. This mainly because they keep moving from motel to moteldue lack of proper shelter. Brittany and her family can only affordfrozen pizza rather than vegetables and fruits. The act of partakingfood without considering its nutritional value is a sign of poverty.Unlike other families who can afford any kind of food, this familysurvives on cheap foods [ CITATION Dor13 l 1033 ].


Burk, D. (2013, February 8). The Kids Have Their Say in Frontline. Retrieved from Poor Kids:

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