The People of America

The children of America in the wide spread middle class are relatively similar in their wants, complaints, and things that they despise. We hate waking up early for school, we dislike school in general, we complain about the small things such as, 'my room is too hot/cold' or 'oh my gosh I'm LITERALLY (figuratively) starving.' We take what we have for granted, without seeing what others are going through and how good we really have it.  

Social Lens: Less Fortunate In Other Countries

When I said, "...seeing what others are going through..." those people are truly going through harder times. I'll start with Africa; 20% of the children do not reach past the age of 6 throughout the continent ("Children"), due to lack of basic necessities such as food, clean water, shelter, medicine, and safety. Life expectancy for men is the age of 40, and women... only 42. In Kenya and Zimbabwe, the average rating of one's one life on a scale of one to ten is around 3.4, and in the U.S.A., it is roughly 7.5. ("standard of living"). The things that children in America dread so much, are things that other children wish they could complain about. In fact, it'd be luxurious for them to be able to complain about the things we do. Here is a video to show what it is like for families in Africa:


In this video you notice how all the things that come so easily to people in America, in these communities they have to work for the basic things in our lives. I'm sure everyone in this class room has woken up one day and said, "Gosh... school sucks." Something a lot of people don't realize is that school is the basis of every economy. Without school, there is no improvement in country's success. Africa suffers severely in the field of education. According to Justin W. Van Fleet, of the 128 million people of age to attend school, 17 million don't have enough to even attend school. Also, 37 million will learn little to nothing in their school because of poor educational conditions("Africa's Education Crisis"). But not all of these horrible things happen only in Africa, some happen here in America too.

Social Lens: The Less Fortunate in America

In the U.S.A., the poverty rate for 2013 was 14.5% ("The State of Poverty"). That is 45.3 million people. This number is larger than it has been in 54 years. Although the definition of impoverished is not as drastic as it is in Africa, it is no less a matter that needs to be handled. A large contributing factor to the rate of impoverished peoples is due to the distribution of wealth among the working class.


To list the key points in this video, the top 1% of Americans hold around 40% of the nations wealth, while the bottom 80% of all Americans have 7% of the nations wealth distributed throughout them all. In the video, he says that a CEO of a company makes 380 times more money than the AVERAGE worker will. So, I bet you can imagine what the bottom 14.5 % is making. They are living off table scraps and pocket change, with virtually nowhere to go.


Ultimately, you should be grateful for what you have, because it could always be worse. That doesn't mean you can never be upset over anything, but take time to realize what you have and be grateful.


"Children." Our Africa. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2015. I chose this website because it had good facts. They were straight to the point and had the statistics I was looking for.

"Standard of Living in the Developing World | GiveWell." GiveWell. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2015. I went to this website and scrolled until I saw a chart. The chart had exactly what I was looking for. It showed different countries and the average rating on the living conditions per person.

"Africa's Education Crisis: In School But Not Learning." The Brookings Institution. N.p., 17 Sept. 2012. Web. 27 May 2015. This website was very helpful. It helped me on talking about the educational system in Africa. It also gave me statistics.

"Poverty USA | What Is Poverty? | Where Is the Poverty Line? | Who Is Poor?" N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2015. This website had a lot on poverty in the USA, including a census map of impoverished people by state, lots of helpful statistics, and useful information.

I did not have a book that I used as a source

Comment Stream

2 years ago

Of course... Africa is a very, but very large continent. And conditions are not the same everywhere. You mentioned that you were going to talk about less fortunate countries, and then, in that paragraph, you talked about the continent generally.

2 years ago
2 years ago

So... is your entire conclusion basically "Hey, look at those people suffering and struggling. Be glad you ain't those people" rather than "Hey, look at those people suffering and struggling. Let's do something to help those people." ¬_¬