Discussion Assignment

1. What does the word poverty suggest to you? Please click on the following to read   

Being Poor September 3, 2005 By John Scalzi

2. What are the main contributors or factors that cause poverty in the US as described by Iceland (2013)?  
 3. Briefly compare and contrast a few  differences described by Putnam (2015) in chapter 2 between the elite  family and their privileged son, Andrew and Kayla’s story at the  opposite end of the economic spectrum.  
 4. Watch  the Tour Poverty USA  on YouTube:   

 AND      Take the     Poverty Quiz (14 questions) available here:     http://www.povertyusa.org/poverty-resources/quiz/ —     link out of service, please use:  

   {Keep in mind that the 2018 poverty level for a family of 4 is only $25,100      https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines}    

(a.) How would you survive on a budget like this?

(b.) What would you leave out?

5.  (a) When was the poverty line created? CITE where you found the data   (b) Who created the poverty line formula? CITE where you found the data   (c) How is the poverty line measured/formulated currently? CITE where you found the data   (d) Discuss 3 ways the poverty line should be revamped or revised to better those living in poverty.  

Here are some sources to help you answer question #5:

Poverty Guidelines    http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/papers/hptgssiv.htm   How was the poverty line developed?    http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/faq.cfm  

Why is the Federal Poverty Line So Far Off?

Further resources on poverty measurement, poverty lines, and their history from US Department of Health and Human Services:


Who’s poor? Depends how you measure it
Experts say our outdated definition could miss some people who most need help

The Boston  Globe
Amy Crawford
March 01, 2015



To start of our discussion of poverty this semester, I would highly suggest you watch the following video:

Linda Tirado at Beyond Housing 2016 Conference

Radio interview Linda Tirado: Bootstrap America

“Remaking America: From Poverty to Prosperity”

A roundtable discussion, hosted by Tavis Smiley at George Washington University, in Washington, DC.on January 12, 2012

 Watch the video

The  panel will include thought-leaders like Princeton University professor  Dr. Cornel West, personal finance expert Suze Orman, filmmaker Michael  Moore, author Barbara Ehrenriech, urban revitalization strategist Majora  Carter, economist Jeffrey Sachs, President and Chief Executive Officer,  Feeding America Vicki B. Escarra. Together they discuss solutions to  the growing problem of poverty in America and how the face of poverty is  changing.


After you make your original post, you are required to respond to at least TWO other classmates’ postings, keeping in mind the expectations for posting  


Your  original posting should be about TWO page (double spaced) if typed on a  word processor (approximately between 500 – 600 words). Restrictions on  the length are intended to help you write more concisely, and to help  facilitate the discussion. When postings are excessively long, they are  time consuming and often difficult to read through on a computer screen.  Also, those posts that are short in length do not give you ample space  to communicate your thoughts completely.

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