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November 27, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Fight poverty with education

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In a land of plenty, poverty should be an exception. Today, however, there are some 50 million people living in poverty in America, which is, ironically, perhaps the richest country in the world.

The problem among the poor lies in their inability to create wealth. The literature on the subject suggests that there are several causes of poverty; paramount among them is the lack of education. The average high school student graduates without a clue of what they are going to do with the rest of their life occupationally. Life in America, after all, is about economics.

Our 21st-century economic environment demands that each graduating student have a good idea of their occupational path. Career orientation and counseling must be a core ingredient of the curriculum. Our public school system is the only institution designed to accomplish this.

Let’s stop poverty in its tracks and demand of the state Board of Education, the Legislature and the governor that each student be on a path to creating personal wealth.

As the saying goes: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

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