Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 20, 2012, 10:06 a.m. EST by jomojo
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Any program that advocates that our federal, state and local governments budget more income to students who are living in poverty is worth a second look.
I wouldn't have Newt Gingrich run a horse show, unless his job was to clean stalls. Let's not go there.
The race of the majority of poor students might be white. Let's not go there either.
Personally every job I have ever worked was a useful learning experience. I also learned that I had power over the money in my pocket or my bank account. Field work, delivery, bagging groceries and frying chicken, did not pay much to this student, but it was honest money that was all mine. (My musician job paid great, but I was known to sleep it off in class when I didn't skip)
I know it could turn out to stigmatize these students. I know it was a racist slur. Put those idea killers aside and think about what the student living in poverty needs, and if the program's implementation did not help provide these, then don't budget for the program.
Dignity. I think all work should be respected, but also the job should include mentors, (who could be hired from the unemployment lines), that would implement the student's internship.
Education. If the student is challenged in some school area, then this could be "worked" into the job.
Occupation. + one for occupy. The latch key, xbox, tv kids, deserve a safe healthy productive place to be, even if their caretaker is working two jobs, or a worse situation, such as the home include someone incoherent with mental problems. Homeless kids should not be left out.
Counseling. It's tough out there.
Nourishment. One of the many problems of poverty.
Cash. Last, but not least of what a student wants, and what's unavailable.
Etc. This off the top of my head list, is not intended to be complete.
In summary, I think BIG program$ are needed to provide new jobs. These jobs should not be designed to bust unions, or replace private jobs with public sector jobs, as best as possible they should be NEW jobs. These type of programs for the unemployed have been tried before, by the WPA, CCC, and 50% federal wage pay subsidies. It's time to try again.
The younger you are in America, the more likely it is that you're living in poverty.
The issue has gotten national attention, I'd like for it to get a national budget.