the welfare population is largely single mothers and children. welfare reform has changed the face of welfare significantly, but most people still believe welfare is the same as it was in the early 90s and prior...it's not. in a study we did back in the the late 90s, we found that many people on welfare had a cognitive (e.g., mild mental retardation or learning disability)) or psychological disability. the laws now force people to get off of welfare within 60 months...just about everyone receiving funds must actively seek employement. my wife worked with groups of welfare recipients around the state of kansas and they found that the biggest barrier to employment was child care related. many families receiving funds have children with significant disabilities. care for these children is often expensive. care for any child is expensive, especially if the only job you can find is minimum wage. the kind of care you can afford with that salary is likely to be unreliable causing the individual to miss work when the child care is not available. it's a vicious cycle, but we're all pro family so i hardly see how anyone can get too mad about a mother choosing not to leave her 3 year old child at home alone.<br><br>you should read some of the literature on individuals currently receiving gov't welfare support. i think you'd be surprised at the demographics.<br><br>[color:blue] -sean</font color=blue>
Loc: Yuba City, California
I'm with you Carp. <br><br>Although, there have been some very good points brought out on this topic, many are symptomatic of a failed system. <br><br>The failure stems from the lack of vision of our forefathers. Without going into a long diatribe about the source of the problem, I submit this: <br><br>Our school system was born on the heels of the industrial revolution. The need to educate the millions of children of the working class became the brain child of the likes of a man like Henry Ford, who figured if you can build "stuff" in assembly-line like fashion why not educate in the same manner? This is where our school system originated. It was supposed to be a temporary system to console the parents working in the factories who felt their children were being left behind. Obviously, they wanted something better for their kids in order to keep them out of the steel mills, the coal mines, off the assembly lines, whatever... Many of our best schools (read; still around today) are built on the sites of former factories and in industrial parts of town.<br><br>The problem: we allowed ourselves to be locked into an education paradigm we have outgrown. We, as a Nation, have backed ourselves into a corner. <br><br>We, as a Nation, have severly underestimated the capacity of human learning!<br><br>I truly believe learning begins and ends at home and that Algebra should be taught in third grade!<br><br>But hey! That's just my opinion.<br><br><br><br>"640K ought to be enough for anybody." - Bill Gates
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