English 098 D21
02 April 2009
Fairytales and Dreams
Fairytales are the last thing on children’s mind when they haven’t had anything to eat in a day or two. Stories about homeless children don’t end up happily ever after most of the time. If they survive through not eating and no shelter, they are still not through the woods to Grandma’s house. There are many more problems than starving and weather conditions to worry about. There is the lack of medical attention and education they need also. Children need to be well taken care of if they are to grow up to be healthy adults. They need to go to school, have regular check ups at the doctor and a healthy diet. What happened to” No Child Left Behind”?
In the article “Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Kids,” Anna Quindlen starts off by talking about how a woman named Sharanda has five children who live in a room the size of a master bedroom in a modest suburban home. They are crammed in there like sardines in a can with all the beds, toys, clothes and the dressers. They all get up at six in the morning; the little ones go to daycare while the others go to school. She goes out to look for an apartment when she isn’t in a N.A. meeting. Quindlen goes on to talk about how there is a parallel universe. While there are all the struggling families and the homeless there is also the very rich who are buying new houses and cars. “Not since the Great Depression have this many babies, toddlers and kids had no place like home” (Quindlen. 229). They don’t get to click their little ruby slippers and go home to the farm. While one world struggles from day to day, the other embraces their wealth without a clue as to what goes on right in their backyard. “There is a boom market in homelessness. But these are not the men on the streets of San Francisco holding out cardboard signs to the tourists. They are children, hundreds of thousands of them, twice as likely to repeat a grade or be hospitalized and...
Cited: “Children Without Homes.” Mental Health America. 2005.1 April 2009.
Heart,Mrs. “Health Issues and Concerns Relevant to the Homeless” Helium. 2009. 1 April 2009. ”Homeless students.” Macomb Intermediate School District. 2009. 1 April 2009. Quindlen, Anna. “Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Kids.” Viewpoints.6th Edition. Ed. W. Rouce Adams. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007. 229-230.
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