Paul Tough covers quite a bit of ground in chapter 2 of his book Whatever It Takes, touching on issues related to the evolving societal attitudes on poverty and the vital roles that parents play in influencing the cognitive skills of their children. Tough makes it clear that children who live in poverty are up against so many daunting odds.
At one point, Tough summarizes the work of noted scholar William Julius Wilson pointing out that the "increased mobility for middle-class blacks" as well as a major shift from low-skills jobs contributed to decay or downfall of poor neighborhoods (30-32).
What did you find most compelling about Tough's discussion of poverty? Why?
Or, what do you imagine the prevailing views of poverty might be at SIUE? Tough mentioned two central beliefs about poverty: some feel that government helps those who are poor too much; on the hand, some feel that government offers to little help for those in living in poverty. Where do you think most of us on a college campus would situate ourselves in that debate? Why?