Having been raised in a single family household in urban Los Angels, I grew up with many who suffered from the ill effects of insufficient support and direction and who also lacked a father at home. The risk factors that I endured were detrimental to my direction and purpose. I have a desire to study the causes and influences that impact minority children growing up in inner city communities when there is only one parent.
The reason that this subject matter is relevant is that this societal problem is global and increase in scope for minority children who grow up in single arena families. Growing up in a poor neighborhood with few resources exposes children to risk factors that tend to affect their future. 65% of African-American children grow up in single parent families and the problem is proliferating. How can the community help single parent families with resources and support services? What can motivate children in inner city communities to attain higher educational goals?
What can society do to help mothers and co-caregivers including fathers reduce conflict which has a deleterious effect on the children? What is the effect of a hill coming from a family with a low educational level and how can these children succeed? How can society negate the effects of poverty and drug culture on children of low income families? Societal woes continue to plague families in inner city communities that create low graduation rates, Juvenile delinquency, gang violence, police brutality and economic stress.
Leadership is lacking in single parent households where one parent is forced to take on almost all the responsibility that would be better shared by two parents. This creates stagnation for the nation as a whole because these children are at great sis of not reaching their full potential in society. If one looks back ten years, the cycle is even more detrimental today than in the past. Technological changes are evolving rapidly and have opened up many doors for the well qualified and educated but these children are lacking the direction, discipline and resources to participate in the future.
For decades there has been a debate about fixing failing schools, many of them in the inner-city communities that lack sufficient funds, untrained teachers, poor facilities, and a lack of aftershock support programs. Many of these schools are ailing behind in technology where students can perform as well as suburban students which creates a structural inequality. Increasingly, public schools in richer neighborhoods will have more resources that are donated by parents with high incomes.
Aftershock programs and activities keep young people focused and out of trouble and supervised. In low income areas, these resources are lacking which with the law. Government efforts have fallen short in big programs to fix public schools, especially in the inner city. Congress or State officials mandate programs such as “No Child Left Behind” without the proper funding but with high standards ND expectations of children. Too often “teaching to the test” misdirects the children’s energy and passion for valuable electives that touch the soul.
Also, dilapidated school structures send a message to kids psychologically that their institution for learning is not equivalent to schools in more prosperous areas and they are not equivalent either. Poor teachers and low expectations also play a heavy role in accepting delinquency and even look like prisons in some cases. By targeting parents to get in tune with the new demands of tomorrows society, children will grasp the importance of education and the preparation required for employment success. Both parents can ignite a cycle of positive energy that will develop in the children that can be effective and efficient for success.
When conflict is reduced, the focus can be on the future of child, which is a top priority in functioning families. Understanding and common ground can be reached in these families which creates the unity that is needed, even in single parent families. We need a more neighborhood sense of community and interaction where “each one can teach one”. Resources are needed and fundraising on the local level can be a promising resource that children benefit from and also builds communities. Economic insufficiency also creates the psychological stress that influences motivation, energy and stability.
Education will bring more Jobs too low income community and the importance of education is a tremendously significant factor for elevation. Some of these children will never leave the elementariness unless they focus more on the future and delay gratification. Lack of commercial activity in inner cities leads to children who are not exposed to successful role models but who do know about the short term success and long term failure of the drug culture and the cement that can surround you during incarceration.