solving world problems

equity & social justice in mathematics education

poverty & wealth


You vs Kardashians

This site calculates how long it takes each member of the Kardasian family to earn an annual salary that you enter. Good be an interesting site to use when thinking about wealth distribution.

Probability of Poverty

This article discusses research on individuals chances of becoming poor in 5, 10, or 15 years based on factors such as race and age. A link to a “poverty calculator” is included, and students could use this to explore the different probabilities when they change certain variables.

10 Poverty Myths, Debunked

This site is a quick read and a great resource for anticipating student responses to data about poverty or wealth distribution. It provides data that challenges commonly held beliefs about those living in poverty.

Median Assets by Race

This site contains a visual representation of the median assets of White, Black and Latino families. The page also contains links to other charts demonstrating wealth inequality.

Income Gap Worsening

This site contains a chart that shows data from 2011, with evidence that the income inequality is continuing to increase. The page contains a link to a September 2012 US Census Bureau report supporting this data.

Percentage of Poor Students in Public Schools Rises

Among other data: researchers found that 51 percent of children in public schools qualified for the lunches in 2013, which means that most of them come from low-income families. By comparison, 38 percent of public school students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches in 2000.

Wealth inequality has widened along racial/ethnic lines

This article discusses evidence of a widening racial gap in wealth inequality since the Great Recession. The author cites data from the Pew Research Center and includes graphs and figures that summarize findings.

Meritocracy is a Myth

Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong. This site presents a chart that compares income quartile at age 40 of poor college grads to rich high school drop outs.


This article isn’t very math heavy, but it could offer a critical perspective for common problems dealing with calculating percentage – tipping in restaurants.


The true cost of fashion – This article provides a summary and a video of a Norwegian reality TV show that sent three fashion-savvy young people to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh to live the lives of the city’s textile factory workers. Other resources: This blog has some facts and other resources. An activity with links to Common Core standards. Also check out Rethinking Mathematics for more information.

Wealthiest Americans

This map shows the wealthiest resident of each state in the U.S. and their estimated wealth.

Poorest County by State

This site provides data for the poorest county in each state in the U.S. based on median income, poverty rate and unemployment.

Leading Cause of Lost Years

This video provides on overview of research on causes of early deaths around the world. Explicit connections are made between wealth and causes of death.

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