Real World Issues
Mental Health Conditions
According to this article, "Mental Health Conditions," "In addition to the person directly experiencing by a mental illness, family, friends and communities are also affected." In the book, The Glass Castle, Jeannette and her family are affected by her moms' sugar addiction. It is almost a eating disorder because she spent so much money on it. She would spend money on chocolate when her kids hadn't eaten in days. Not only that, but she wouldn't willingly share.
In the article, Civil Disobedience, it states, " Under certain conditions, our obligations are to resist unjust and unfair schemes, and this can include a duty to disobey the law." In, The Glass Castle, Lori has a tendency to not do what dad tells her. I think this is because she doesn't believe in him sort of. She doesn't like to encourage him or be around him. Because of that, she doesn't do what he says.
In the article, Alcoholism and the Family, it states, "Living with an alcoholic is a family affair. In, The Glass Castle, Jeannette's dad is an alcoholic. The family as a whole has to deal with it. They're all paying because his addiction takes up so much money from the family that they can spend essentials. He would ask Jeannette for money because he knows that she'll give it to him.
Homelessness and Excessive Moving
On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. This act could've helped the Walls. One thing that could've helped is the Rural Housing Stability Assistance Program which would've allowed the Walls to have an okay housing situation. Also this act gave help to people who were addicts which could've helped dad as an alcoholic.
I think Jeannette's parents should have their parental rights revoked. In the article, "Terminating Parental Rights", one of the most common involuntary terminations is the long-term incapacity of parents. Throughout the book, Rex, was an alcoholic. Not only that, but would be drunk and do things that affected the family. He wasn't ready to be a father. He almost let a man rape his daughter while he was drunk.
School Attendance Laws
Jeannette's parents throughout the book went off and on with educational neglect. In the article, "School Attendance Laws", is says that educational neglect is a parent or guardian's failure to ensure the child attends school as required by law. Because the Walls moved around so much, the parents never made sure that their kids went to school. They only truly went to school in Arizona and Welch.