Children on the Streets of the Americas: Homelessness, Education, and Globalization in the United States, Brazil, and Cuba

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Children on the Streets of the Americas: Implications for Social Policy and Educational Practice

Roslyn Arlin Mickelson

Figure 21.1 In 1994, Semear student João Roberto dos Santos Rosa held the world in his hands.

The lives of homeless and street children in the Americas are filled with light and shadow, hope and despair. The light and hope exist in each child’s human potential as well as in the existing laws, programs, and policies that form the architecture for educational and social change. The shadow and despair come from the grinding poverty that emiserates their lives, and the harsh neoliberal prescriptions for economic growth that have influenced governmental policies in the Americas during the last 2 decades.

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