Education and Welfare

1463 WordsDec 14, 20066 Pages
Education is the key staple to furthering the life standard for all humans. So why is it that the collectors of welfare and public aid are statistically the ones with the least amount of education? Within this paper I plan to address this issue and those that contribute to education, or lack there of, for welfare recipients. I feel this issue has a great deal to do with race, gender and lack of equality in all aspects of public policy. Let us start at the beginning. Most women on welfare were raised in homes that collected welfare. This is the first major issue. Unfortunately, poverty and collection of welfare are often an issue that relate mostly to women with children. Not men or married families, but women who are in turn the…show more content…
Therefore making it possible for them to get higher paying jobs and support their families without help. According to the National Institute for Literacy it could take • 900 hours of education and training for minimally (similar to high school dropouts/NALS Level 1) skilled welfare women to move up to the basic level (similar to below average high school graduates /NALS Level 2); • 200 hours of education and training for basic skilled recipients to move up to the competent level (similar to people with some postsecondary education/NALS Level 3); and • 200 hours for competent skilled welfare women to move up to advanced skill level (similar to people with a bachelor 's degree or more/NALS Level 4/5). According to this information, if the States would put the money into training and educational classes for literacy, specialized trade and post- secondary education it would greatly decrease dependence. However many states choose not to implement such programs and choose only to get welfare recipients into the workforce with minimal training prior. When states choose such options it often leaves the recipient and their family in poverty. Also, with the new limits on availability of public aid being reduced to 5 years, if the new job that they are forced to take does not work out, they can not go back to welfare because time limits have run out.
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