How big of an issue is poverty in America today, and what are the most effective ways to address it? Is America still the great land of opportunity — where if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it?
This week is the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of a war on poverty. Poverty and inequality have become a rising theme in our national discourse lately, with President Obama’s speech last summer decrying the “inequality of opportunity” and Congress’s recent embrace of Pope Francis’ message about growing economic inequality. In this lesson students will learn about the problems of poverty and economic inequality in America and then will research possible solutions as they propose a new war on poverty for 2014.
– The New York Times