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The Growing Gap Between the Rich and the Poor is a Problem

| May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Nick Anderson cartoon posted by @aha_mikie

Nick Anderson cartoon posted by @aha_mikie

Americans are instilled with the idea that if you work hard enough, you can move up the social ladder, but is this still true today? Last week, students around the nation discussed income inequality in our #DoNowIncome post. We asked students, There’s a huge and growing gap between the richest Americans and just about everyone else. Why (or why not) do you think income inequality is a problem in our society? What does work look like in your community? What is the spectrum of jobs and class?

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In 2011, demonstrations broke out around the world as people protested against corporate greed and several bank bailouts by the federal government, while the average American faced the possibility of losing their homes without the same help. While these protests, known as the Occupy Movement, have settled down, not much has changed as a small percentage of the population still hold the majority of wealth, creating a large economic divide between classes.

This past week, students debated back and forth on the topic. Some students expressed their disgust over the disparity of wealth in America, while others argued that as a society based on capitalism people need to work towards where they want to be in life. Nevertheless, the majority of students agreed income inequality is a problem because a wealthy will often remain wealthy, while the poor struggle to afford opportunities such as higher education that would help them move to a different social class.

Income inequality is a problem

Many students believed discussed why income inequality is a problem in America.

But we live in free market economy.

Other students argued that people need to compete in the job market to earn a certain wage.

How did this happen?

Several students explored factors that may have contributed to income inequality.

How can we fix this?

Students also suggested ways to close the gap between rich and the poor.

What does income inequality look like in your neighborhood?

Others talked about what inequality looked like in their towns.

Besides posting articles and memes to support their opinions in response to this week’s topic, some students also create blog posts and video. Check out the thoughtful blog posts students from CUHS created this week.

Here is an example:

Also, students from Coppell, Texas produce Mozilla popcorn videos to express their thoughts on income inequality.

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Category: Civics in the Community, Community Voices, Do Now Round-Ups, News & Civics

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Laura Robledo studied English at UC Berkeley. When she is not reading, looking up new music, or running half marathons, she loves to explore the beautiful city of San Francisco.