Work-Education Houses

Oct 10, 2007 | Posted by Scott Hughes, author of Achieve Your Dreams | Post a Comment

I completely believe we can end poverty by investing in education. We do not need any more charity, and charity alone will not end poverty.

Universally providing high-quality education to all children would end poverty. I believe we can best do this with student loans. Of course, the funding for education must include the students’ cost of living during their education years.

With the high-quality education they receive, the students will go on to get jobs (or start their own businesses) that earn them enough to support themselves and pay off their student loans.

Of course, poor adults pose a greater problem, because they generally do not have the time to go to school and have already become used to a lifestyle conducive to poverty. I suggest work-education programs. These programs would require that the person perform a certain amount of work, and in return the person would receive room, board, and education, with the goal of eventually having enough education to support themselves without the work-education program. That type of program would enable poor people to escape poverty and learn to support themselves, which contrasts to just giving poor people hand-outs. The work-education program would promote independence, hand-outs just promote dependence.

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I am the author of Achieve Your Dreams. I also published the book Holding Fire: Short Stories of Self-Destruction. I have two kids who I love so much. I just want to be a good role model for them. I hope what I do here makes them proud of me. Please let me know you think about the post by leaving a comment below!

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