Why are people low income or in poverty? When I Googled the question here’s what I got.
In the United States more than 40.6 million people live in poverty, caused mainly by wage inequality, inflation and poor education. The vast majority living in poverty is uneducated people that end up increasing more unemployment and crime.
Nearly twelve million of the total in poverty are children. They are in poverty because of all the above and the impact on the stability of the family. The inability of the parents to support the child’s learning for whatever reason, adds to the problem.
What is the key? Seems like it mostly linked to education, basic and skills education and thus the inability to obtain a decent job. This of course leads to low wages and greater impact from inflation.
What poverty is not linked to is a college education. Many students “graduating” from high school lack basic skills in reading and math. Many who attempt college are woefully unprepared and fail. Many require remedial courses before college level courses. A recent report says 60% of students are not prepared for college level courses. In other words, we are setting students up for failure or merely to take up space in college and obtain no value from their diploma.
The fact is you do not need a college education to earn a good living and support a comfortable lifestyle. You do need a solid basic education, possibly skills training and you need directional support, ideally from parents, and you need motivation.
The immediate focus needs to be on quality elementary and secondary education for every child no matter where they live. And to make sure those motivated to college are fully prepared and enter an efficient system, something we do not have now.
So why in the face of these realities are elite progressive politicians pushing not for fundamental educational changes, but free college for all, and loan forgiveness that can only lead to even lower college standards?
Should we also ask why those with college loans, most of which carry manageable monthly payments, say they struggle to pay when they have degrees that are supposed to raise them on the income scale? Some dropped out of college before graduation? Is there a link to preparedness?
This all reminds me of the political left’s push for home ownership through subprime loans as if owning a home was the only route to take and ignoring that many who needed a subprime loan or zero down payment could not afford a house.