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Friday, February 15, 2013

It works.

Greg Johnson highlights linking non food benefits to education results with  the goal of breaking the chains of generational poverty.

2 comments:

  1. Why do you think all of these people support you? Maybe you should have your government money taken away. He said you are going about this in an "inelegant, unartful" way. Meaning, while you are addressing a valid issue of parental support you aren't doing it right! FAIL!

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  2. The other thing about Greg's commentary is that his own statistics show what the main problem is... It's money! Kids from lower income families routinely do worse than kids from a more stable income situation.

    There is no doubt that parents play an important role in the process, but lack of money in a household makes it chaotic and therefore not conducive to an environment in which children can become stellar students.

    If both parents are working at very low paying jobs, they still will qualify for state and other benefits. Typically, parents will have odd shifts; meaning that their kids will have to leave school and go to after-care or to a friend or family member.

    These after-school environments may or may not be able (or willing) to encourage kids to do homework, read, study, etc.

    When the parents finally get off work, they're either too exhausted or it's too late in the night to get kids to work on school work.

    If families had adequate financial support so that these kinds of disruptive lifestyles could be avoided, then I firmly believe that kids would do better in class.

    If Campfield and others REALLY wanted to see kids do well in school, then they would pass bills to increase money to these families. The patchwork and band-aid approach provides a MINIMUM of support. Current programs are set up so that families can just barely manage to eke by day-to-day, month-to-month.

    If parents are CONSTANTLY worrying about how to pay bills, how to get enough food in the house, how to make sure their kids have somewhere to go after school, how to keep the lights and heat on, then they are not going to be able to provide a stable enough home-life in which children can learn.

    It is naive to believe that families under severe financial, emotional, and physical stress can produce the type of environment needed to help raise their kids to a certain standard of education.

    If you look at Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, you can clearly see that the most basic physical needs must met before things like "achievement" "confidence" and "self-esteem" (all of the necessary skills needed to do well in school) can be obtained. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Maslow%27s_Hierarchy_of_Needs.svg

    Tom
    Knoxville

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