10 challenges poor students and teachers face


3. Bullying rates are higher

We’ve all become much more aware of the rates of bullying among children, thanks to the proliferation of social media in recent years. Unfortunately, a trend that has continued to hold true since even before the advent of smartphones is the fact that children with lower socioeconomic statuses often experience higher rates of bullying. According to data from UNESCO, 2 out of 5 poor children experience bullying.

Further, data released in July 2019 by the U.S. Department of Education revealed that, when grouped by incomes, the highest percentage of students who reported that they were bullied at school were from households with an income between $7,500 and $14,999, at 26.6 percent. Comparatively, 19.8 percent of students from households with an income of $50,000 or higher reported experiencing bullying at school. And for a look at the psychological motivation behind bullying, This Is Why Bullies Feel the Need to Bully.

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