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Reflection Paper #2

DUE Friday, September 19th

This paper will be your reflection/thoughts on poverty in America. What are the causes, consequences, and potential solutions for impoverished individuals and families? As with every reflection paper, it should be 1-2 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font (and no weird/extra spacing/fillers) – and you need to refer (make a connection) to at least one of the readings assigned for this week.

“Growing Up Poor in America” follows three children and their families in Ohio as the COVID-19 pandemic amplifies their struggle to stay afloat; the children also share their worries and hopes about their futures.

What are some of the reasons why the families profiled have experienced financial difficulties?

What are some of the longer term consequences (social, educational, financial, etc) for the parents and children in these families?

How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted their lives?

Based on this video, your readings, and the recorded lecture, what policy changes could be made to improve the outlook for impoverished children and their families? In other words, how could we provide more economic security and achieve our lauded goal of being a meritocracy?

Week 2
How we view and address social problems

Media consolidation

Political polarization

Media consolidation/concentration/conglomeration

Over the past 40 years, the number of corporations controlling the majority of US media has gone from 50 to 5

Fairness Doctrine

1949 – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required broadcasters to present controversial issues of public importance and that news must be presented in ways that are honest, equitable, and balanced

1987 – FCC eliminated this policy

many argue removing this rule has led to increased political polarization

Intergroup contact theory

the most effective way to rid people from majority groups of bigoted ideas about racial, ethnic, or sexual minorities is to have them interact with people from those groups

Political polarization

Political sorting – increasingly, since the 1970s, liberals identify as Democrats and

conservatives identify as Republicans – thus, ideological overlaps

between conservatism and liberalism are diminishing

Ideological consistency – increasingly, people consistently support liberal or

conservative positions when presented with policy-related questions

Consistently liberal or conservative 1994 – 10% 2014 – 21%

Things to think about – Reflection paper #1

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