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Profiting from a child’s illiteracy

Nicholas KristofNicholas D. Kristof writes at the New York Times:

This is painful for a liberal to admit, but conservatives have a point when they suggest that America’s safety net can sometimes entangle people in a soul-crushing dependency. Our poverty programs do rescue many people, but other times they backfire.

Some young people [in Appalachia] don’t join the military (a traditional escape route for poor, rural Americans) because it’s easier to rely on food stamps and disability payments.

Antipoverty programs also discourage marriage: In a means-tested program like S.S.I., a woman raising a child may receive a bigger check if she refrains from marrying that hard-working guy she likes. Yet marriage is one of the best forces to blunt poverty. In married couple households only one child in 10 grows up in poverty, while almost half do in single-mother households.

Most wrenching of all are the parents who think it’s best if a child stays illiterate, because then the family may be able to claim a disability check each month. … That is a burden on taxpayers, of course, but it can be even worse for children whose families have a huge stake in their failing in school. Those kids may never recover: a 2009 study found that nearly two-thirds of these children make the transition at age 18 into S.S.I. for the adult disabled. They may never hold a job in their entire lives and are condemned to a life of poverty on the dole — and that’s the outcome of a program intended to fight poverty.

There’s no doubt that some families with seriously disabled children receive a lifeline from S.S.I. But the bottom line is that we shouldn’t try to fight poverty with a program that sometimes perpetuates it.

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Essential reading: When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor … and Yourself

Law Society bans discussion on marriage for ‘diversity’ sake

Religion Today reports:

The Law Society in London has banned a Christian organization, Christian Concern, from hosting an informal discussion at its headquarters on the issue of marriage entitled “One man. One woman. Making the case for marriage for the good of society,” according to Christians in Crisis.

The Law Society wrote in an email to Christian Concern, “The nature of your event has recently been drawn to our attention, and it is contrary to our diversity policy, espousing as it does an ethos which is opposed to same-sex marriage.”

The Law Society’s decision comes at a time when the debate over the UK government’s proposal to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples has reached fever pitch after more than half a million people have signed a petition opposing the plans.

Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, said she was not looking for another venue but asking the Law Society to honor its contract with the group. “How can the Law Society’s ‘diversity policy’ not include the protection and respect of a range of view on the issue of marriage?” she said.

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