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Friday, January 25, 2013

Well, well, well.

What do you know?  A similar plan to mine that would award government benefits only with child success in school  is already in place in over 40 countries and having spectacular results where ever it is been implemented.

"Most of our Fixes columns so far have been about successful-but-small ideas.  They face a common challenge:  how to make them work on a bigger scale.  This one is different.  Brazil is employing a version of an idea now in use in some 40 countries around the globe, one already successful on a staggeringly enormous scale. This is likely the most important government anti-poverty program the world has ever seen.  It is worth looking at how it works, and why it has been able to help so many people."


  1. In Brazil, Mexico, etc., the money given to poor families is INCREASED provided they meet certain benchmarks. Are you proposing an increase in TANF benefits? It seems like all you're doing is suggesting that poor families will be penalized at the current rates if their kids don't get certain grades in school.

  2. But Sen. Campfield, TANF already mandates that recipients keep their kids in school. You're trying to take it several steps further--or so it seems.

    And the Brazil program only relates children's attendance to their program--not report cards or other things.

    Are you really trying to tie a child's report card results to TANF? What other outcomes are you proposing be tied to TANF recipients?

    You're really taking a beating in the papers and social media.

    I think you have to get out ahead of this story before it takes on a bigger life than it already has.

    Tom Cogburn

  3. I would highly recommend that the senator go back to this article and read it again. If the program the senator is recommending were actually like what is happening in these other countries, I would be on the bandwagon supporting it. Unfortunately, it's not even close. Here is a short excerpt from the article: "It pays a monthly stipend of about $13 to poor families for each child 15 or younger who is attending school, up to three children. Families can get additional payments of $19 a month for each child of 16 or 17 still in school, up to two children. Families that live in extreme poverty get a basic benefit of about $40, with no conditions." Please note that FAMILIES WHO LIVE IN EXTREME POVERTY HAVE NO CONDITIONS TO THE BENEFIT THEY RECEIVE. There is so much more in this article...it is worth the read.

  4. And Brazil provides the health care that the families are required to attend. Are you going to provide that?

  5. Does this take into account students that do not do well due to learning disabilities, physical disabilities, or mental disabilities? Do we punish families of students that are dyslexic and earn poor grades in English class? What about the ones that are too embarrassed to tell their teachers they don't understand the math? Shall we also punish the families of students with ADHD or Bipolar Disorder? Medication does not always work, teenagers (and oftentimes younger children) do not always like to admit when they are struggling. This idea does not help anyone. Yes, students and their parents should be held accountable for attendance, but not for their grades, not in this way. If you want better grades, give the schools more money. As I understand it, there is a lot of money being poured into needless areas.

  6. Put a carrot with the stick - lose benefits for failing to meet minimum but give a bonus for making a higher standard. Pick 3.0 or some such.

  7. Put a carrot with the stick - lose benefits for failing to meet minimum but give a bonus for making a higher standard. Pick 3.0 or some such.

  8. It seems that the "Sen" might benefit from being more objective in this case. I wonder what the world would be like if we stopped using class-ism to control and discriminate.

  9. You might consider this, Senator: The U.S. was ranked 17th in an assessment of the education systems of 50 countries.
    In a global league table published by the education firm Pearson, Japan ranked fourth.
    The study, carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), combines international test results and data such as literacy rates and graduation rates between 2006 and 2010.
    Japan began emphasizing healthy food for its students in the aftermath of World War II, when the government prioritized education and health as a way to catch up to the modernized West.



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