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PSU education students take part in poverty simulation

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Future teachers got an important lesson in poverty Thursday on the campus of Pittsburg State University.

Nearly 100 education majors currently doing their student teaching participated in a poverty simulation, taking on roles of low-income families.

They provided food, shelter and other basic necessities and interacted with various community resources staffed by low-income volunteers.

Organizers hope this experience will give an understanding of poverty on a more personal level.

"So as a teacher in the classroom it is extremely difficult to deal with these kids," says Jean Dockers, Director of Teacher Education at PSU.  "What we try to do with the teacher candidates at Pittsburg State is give them strategies to be able to work with these kids and find ways to be successful and help them be successful."

PSU partnered with SEK-CAP for the simulation.


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