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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The New Republic: Opinion: Jamie Holmes: The Causes of Poverty in America: Why Some Americans Can't Escape Poverty

The New Republic: Opinion: Jamie Holmes: Why Can't More Poor People Escape Poverty: Psychologists Have a Radical Explanation

This post was originally posted at FRS FreeState on WordPress, June, 2011

If you look at why some people do very well in America, professionally, economically and most other things and why some people do well in these areas and why some people do OK, get by, but with not a lot of financial security and why some people are barely surviving and why some people can’t get by and fight and struggle for their survival everyday and need a lot of public assistance just to struggle to get by, it is about education. 

It gets to education, because the better you're educated and the more skills that you have to offer in the workplace and in other areas, the better you're chance of doing well in life. It's also about personal choices that people make. Do they finish school or drop out especially in high school. Which is generally a free ticket to poverty. Do they have kids when they are financially and emotionally ready to raise kids or not. Or do they have kids before they are ready to raise them well.  
And before they have the skills that they need to make a good living in life. And do their kids have two parents that are both in their lives and raising them. Or do they have one parent without the skills and tools to raise them well in life. And do their kids finish school and get themselves the skills that they need to get a good job or not. Your level of education and the personal choices that people make in life, is the best indicator of how well they’ll do in life. 
Whether people are self-sufficient or do they need public assistance to survive. Because they don’t have the skills that they need to get a good job and be self-sufficient. Wealthy, upper middle class, middle class people do well in life because they are well-educated. And have the skills that they need to get a good job. People in poverty in a lot of cases don’t have these skills and in most cases have to go back to school. 
Because they didn’t finish school, to get the skills that they need to get a good job. And become self- sufficient, which is why education is so important especially public education in America. And why people need to be able and go to good schools so they can get the skills that they need to be successful in life. Going forward the way to finally win the War on Poverty in America. 
A war that was declared back in 1965, instead of just talking about it, will be about education, empowering people in poverty to go back to school or go to school and get the skills that they need. To move themselves out of poverty and will be about reforming our public schools. So we are producing enough workers in America, so people don’t have to live in poverty as adults in the first place. Thats how we finally win this war.

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