Start at the public education level

Jesus said to his disciples: “You will always have the poor with you. It was an observation, but it can be reduced.

Some people today use this quote from Jesus as an excuse to accept poverty and apparently think that the luckiest population has no obligation to do anything about it.

There are also many people who believe that those who are in the clutches of poverty are there on their own.

Americans are mostly sympathetic to the unfortunate and are truly compassionate about wanting to help the poor no matter how and why they got there.

Obviously, some victims of poverty have made bad choices, of their own free will, which have led to their unhappiness.

As we struggle with the evil of poverty and its victims, we have largely ignored the equation of preventing the problem.

Have we failed to do our part to prevent poverty?

There is some truth in the old adage that “prevention is better than cure”.

Wouldn’t it be better if we could do something to mitigate the evil by eliminating it, or at least reducing it, before it reaches perhaps more than 20% of our population?

Well, we can do something to start reducing this bad luck in our society.

First, why are people stuck in poverty? This is because they cannot (or in some cases, do not want to) support themselves and their families economically.

Why aren’t they able to work, get and keep a job like everyone else?

They can’t find a job and they can’t keep a job once they have one.

Why?

Because they lack the simple basics of an education that society has failed to provide.

Oops! It’s us!

These are the dropouts. These are the ones we failed to discover and save in our broken public school system. Those who cannot read or add 2 plus 2.

No savvy because we did not give them the necessary education that we promised them.

Don’t blame incompetent teachers because it’s the rest of society that allows them to be in our classrooms without doing the work.

Things are starting to change. We’re really starting to pull some of these underperforming teachers out of hard-to-teach classes.

Be mindful of the need to achieve results in education and stick to acquiring basic skills.

We can reduce poverty before it starts!