"Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common." - Albert Einstein

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Policies to Cure Poverty

The Hamilton Project, named after the first secretary of the Treasury in the United States, "puts forward innovative proposals from leading economic thinkers — based on credible evidence and experience, not ideology or doctrine — to introduce new and effective policy options into the national debate." This past month of June, the project presented a list of fourteen proposals designed to address the poverty problem in the United States. Although in the early section of the volume, it is acknowledged that not all anti-poverty policies have been considered, it is interesting to note that basic education is not present in any of the fourteen proposals. Perhaps, it is just another indication that poverty is a problem in basic education. Solving poverty is required to improve basic education and therefore must be addressed outside of education. Anyway, here are the fourteen proposals which include early childhood education, summer opportunities, building skills, and social safety nets:

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