In "Viscous Porosity: Witnessing Katrina," Nancy Tuana discussed the ignorance of the American people. Many people were shocked by the conditions that people live in and the destruction that occurred. In the places that were struck by Hurricane Katrina, there is great poverty. However, poverty doesn't just lie in the southeast United States. "In 2009, 43.6 million people (14.3 percent) were in poverty [in the US]." In class discussion while making our own hurricane, we pointed the finger at many different causes and groups of people to blame.
As Tuana simply states, "Poverty leaves its effect in the bodies and the psyches of those it touches... Grow up without educational resources, and cognitive development will be affected." Today, many people need educational resources. An excellent program to help close the education gap is Teach for America. The group helps people all over the nation by sending corps members and college graduates to teach schools in need of help. You do not have to be an education major to help. Currently, the Teach for America program is looking for science and math majors to help. This program and many others are available nationwide. Even after a "shock" like Katrina hits, why is there little motivation a few years after the fact? Why do we concern ourselves so much with other nations when we still need major work with education, poverty, this recession, and many other factors within our nation?
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Also, here's some food for thought. More Americans die of poverty than TERRORISM.