Friday, September 14, 2012
Nation: Cornel West and Tavis Smiley's Poverty Tour Hits Virginia: The Causes of Poverty and How To End It
Poverty and issue we've been dealing with as a country for almost eighty years now officially. Since the Depression Generation was being born or what the generation from the late 1920s and 1930s is called. Has been a problem in this country for a long time, the lowest poverty rate we've had in this period is 13%, that we obtained in 1990s in the Economic Boom of that decade. And there are reasons why we've had a problem as a country and before you try to solve a problem like this, you. Should look at like a doctor dealing with patients, which is how come Joe or Sally are not feeling well, what are the symptoms and then figure out what the. Problem or problems are and then you can solve the problems. So why do we have so many people living in poverty, we simply have too many people who without the skills that they need to get a good job in this country, who either didn't finish school. Or didn't go to very good schools, so even if they graduated and now have degrees, they still don't have the skills that they need to get themselves a good job, because they didn't go to a. School or schools where they can those skills and they end up having kids who go through the same process and end up living in poverty themselves and probably with kids as well.
So what are the solutions, well for one we need a much better Education System in America, where we have universal access to good schools. From kindergarden through college, where everyone in the country has an opportunity to get a good education, where we no longer tolerate as a country bad schools. Or bad teachers because those things and people would either be reformed or put out of business but certainly would no longer be working with what they are currently producing. This means that every student in the country has access to a good education in America and of course what they do with that opportunity is up to them, you can't force students. To do the work and learn the material, every minor should have this opportunity and for adults who haven't had that opportunity yet, we empower them to go back to school and get themselves. The skills that they need to get a good job in the future.
Public Assistance as far as giving people in poverty financial assistance to help them pay their bills. Is a good thing but the fact is even with that Public Assistance if they aren't able to get themselves the education and job training that they need to get a good job. They are still going to be living in poverty but with a few extra bucks but if we empower them to get themselves the skills. That they need to get out of poverty, then they won't have to live off of Public Assistance in the future.