by Marsha Rakestraw

Especially in the US, we tend to make a lot of assumptions about people who are struggling.

It’s their own fault.

That could never be us.

They just need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

And our children are the ones who really suffer.

In 2008, Loyola University law professor Bill Quigley posted a social justice quiz of 20 questions to help more people become aware of how “liberty, opportunity, income and wealth are actually distributed in our country and in our world.”

He said at the time: “We in the US who say we believe in social justice must challenge ourselves to look at the world through the eyes of those who have much less than us.”

In 2017, Quigley posted an updated social justice quiz, focused on children in the US.

Quigley’s quiz looks at issues such as:

  • How many children are in poverty.
  • How many children are incarcerated.
  • How many children die from gun injuries.
  • How many children are homeless.

In addition to taking and sharing the quiz, it would be interesting to reframe Quigley’s questions into questions that spark a search for positive solutions, rather than another piece of information about the world that we find depressing.

We can also think about how our own actions affect these issues, and what we can do in our own lives to make a positive difference for people who are struggling and in need.