Hm? I don't know the proportion of poor/middle income/wealthy people in my country
But the main jist is to lessen the number of people below the poverty line?
I'm not very knowledgeable about the subject, but there are a number of points IMO, one has to consider to address the problems.
There are some people that don't do well in a traditional classroom setting, but have a tonne of potential, which is often not even recongized. Some people, finding out they have high IQs, wonder whats wrong with them, don't they realise there future depends on doing well in school? Not recongising *they learn differently* and often because of this they do *worse* in school than they could because people bear down on them because they are different, or they know they can do better.
Also: Some people are not meant for university, not because they coudln't do it neccessarily (but it some cases its true), but because their interest/abilities lies elsewhere.
Then there is the cycle of poverty... kids from poor families are disadvantaged in many ways. They are often hungry, meaning learning isn't a top priority, and its difficult to concentrate on homework. Their parents have less resources to do parenting well I would guess. Not that poor parents can't do a good job. But being hungry a lot would tend to make them shorter tempered and things like that I guess. Some of the parents could have done well in school, but have the learning difficulties/differences other people had. Or really are in the lower IQ strata. Also some poverty comes from some adults dependencies on drugs (alcohol or otherwise), so some kids have other issues at home that prevent them from caring much at school. What does school matter if you are looking after your alcholic mother, and your siblings?
Then there are people on welfare that give their kids the same values they have. Not to speak about everyone on welfare, some people try to get off of it as quick as possible. They aren't the problem, but people consistantly on it. But there are some that pass on a horrible value system, where there is no work ethic... if you have kids every couple years they won't take you off welfare. Or they try to teach work ethic, but there kids see their parents not working their whole life say a lot more than words.
Then there are missing parents, one parent families.
Some things idea I'd start with, *ideas* because I'm a ideas person, I'd have someone else figuring out how to do it
The great breakfast/lunch clubs some schools have, which serve meals to kids for free.
Make sure education is adequately funded.
I'm not expert, but I'd get some educational specialist working on programs to integrate different models of teaching into education for those that don't learn from books and speaches while sitting down for hours on end, or if neccessary set up seperate education, but that would be a last resort.
In the last three years of highschools I'd have career counsellors, and probably a mandatory 1/2 hrs with them a mth. And they'd be going over the kids options there, and if a kid isn't interested in university, but working in some trade, that'd be find, because I would be developing a strong network for kids going into trades too. If the kid shows no interest at all, not caring about what they do after school, I'd probably be like "well if you want to start out at McDonalds thats *fine*, but if you want to work your way up, and not be saying "Do you want fries with that?" your whole life, heres some buisness courses I'd recommend"
Better sex ed. Home economics would have classes on managing money and budgets too, and parenting.
People perpetually in welfare? Well, I'd probably start with those in welfare have to do something to collect their welfare check, or maybe get a little extra, for community services and the like. And I'd look into programming for education or training for them. If they abuse substances there would be mandatory treatment.
Their kids would have programs they could join, that as they get older get more goal orientated. Or make connections between Cadet programs and children on welfare, not to lead them into military neccessary later in life, but its a good program for building skills, self esteem and work ethic.
Now, go ahead, rip my half formed ideas to pieces
Oops forgot about taxes, but I got to leave in 20 mins for work, bbl
Edited by sierraleone, 11 August 2005 - 08:10 AM.