Reading Reflection #5: Census 2020

  1. Why is it important to be counted in the census?
    • It is important to be counted in the census because the census helps the government understand who is in each area and how they can help the people in each area more specifically. It also helps businesses and city planners decided what is needed in specific areas of each state. 
  2. Who are often uncounted in the census? Why might some people wish not to be counted? What are some personal and societal impacts of not being counted?
    • Many younger people under the age of 5, immigrants or undocumented citizens, and homeless people are often uncounted. One reason people wish not to be counted is the concern for data privacy and confidentiality. Societal and personal impacts of not filling out the census include funding cuts, state and localities assistance decrease, and the possibility of legislation districts reformation for the worst. 
  3. What is one new thing you learned during the session?
    • I learned that the information gathered from the census can not be released for 72 years and the information collected can not be given to FBI or ICE. 
  4. Describe one of your passions (i.e. something important to you) and how it connects with federal or state funding.
    • I am passionate of school for younger kids. I believe that all young children should have access to free public education and if young kids are not counted on the census then funding for the free education for younger kids may be cut.