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in collaboration with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Support people early on: Avoid increasing poverty through neglect

File under: poverty, job training, education, jobs, future vision

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From: E G., Eden Prairie, MN

There are obviously several reasons for and causes of poverty. Stemming poverty has multiple parts:

Prongs

Focus on people now in poverty and people who are broken and will end up in poverty or breed more future poverty. Keeping the problem manageable is crucial, otherwise we will never catch up. We will never mitigate the circumstances of poverty. Change what we can change. Adapt.

Driver's ed and maps

People in poverty need a toolkit and road map, in the event they can be self-actualized to work their way out.

The young and healthy, for example, may mostly need a framework for how to succeed. They have a lifetime ahead of them. If left to flounder, they could add to the poverty problem. Instead, nip it in the bud by teaching them.

Toolkits and tire patches

Getting a handle on poverty requires addressing people's hope and entire worldview before they become jaded and learn bad habits, or become victims acted upon in society. Patch them up enough to contribute to their own exodus from poverty.

Roads

Then we have to create some options. This should be apparent to anyone whose world has been rocked in the current economic recession.

Obviously, if there are no jobs or educational opportunities,

looking for work or trying to become educated is a dead end for many people.

Education

Remote learning is important in this.

We don't need the overhead of brick and mortar schools as much as we used to. This should make it more affordable to acquire some basic skill sets and enhance the skill set of older workers. And, it is a better use of time than commuting to and from those edifices.

Two years of community college for the population, or prepping students to make them ready for college is essential in the future -- for people in poverty, and for citizens who are the support structure for these unfortunate people.

Future workers are expected to change careers four to five times in a lifetime, yet there is no versatile preparation that facilitates such career changes without returning someone to the bottom rung in his or her new field. Everyone needs to be versatile, because anyone could fall into poverty or near poverty.


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Image: Sweet Briar College web site

Sweet Briar Returns

Sweet Briar College was about to close after struggling with dwindling enrollment and other problems. An alumni group raised more than 20 million dollars in pledges to keep the doors open, but the school's survival is still deeply in doubt.

Recent Posts

  • 07.15.15

    The Future of Historically Black Colleges

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities proliferated throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when many white schools refused to admit African Americans, especially in the South. Our guest this week feels HBCUs still serve a crucial role in higher education.
  • 07.07.15

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    Over the past year, race relations have dominated the news cycle. This can bring up difficult questions, especially for parents and teachers. Our guest Yolanda Moses says Americans need to find more ways to talk about race in schools.
  • 07.02.15

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    For years policy makers believed that minorities were overrepresented in special education and that there was inherent bias in the way kids were being identified as disabled. A new study turns this idea on its head.
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