To fix poverty, first fix the family

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To fix poverty, first fix the family
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Tue, 11-23-2010 - 10:09am

Interesting article.

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Registered: 03-18-2000
Tue, 11-23-2010 - 10:54am

What's needed is good education in ALL schools & employment opportunities. High unemployment & the uneducated

 


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Tue, 11-23-2010 - 11:38am

It's more than just education.

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Registered: 08-30-2002
Tue, 11-23-2010 - 2:15pm

This is a very complex issue. Oftentimes, if a couple were to marry, they would lose benfits like school lunches, and healthcare for their children or even one of the adults who has a chronic health condition. They actually get punished for doing the "right" thing. An example in the news, right now, is the



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Registered: 03-18-2000
Thu, 11-25-2010 - 8:43am

>"Cohabitation seems to have no negative effect on a marriage's chances if it's preceded by an engagement, no previous live-in lovers and no children. Who has the clout to put those conditions into place? Women with their own means of support and guys who don't need a woman to look after them: the wealthy and well educated. The others often are left in limbo — not able to get married and not able to move on. "Ironically, the very people who would benefit from a committed marriage the most are the people who have the toughest time locating reliable long-term partners," says Stephanie Coontz, a marriage historian who teaches at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

Even when couples are married, family life is a different experience for those with a college education and those without one. Professional occupations are much more likely to offer provisions for parental leave, the ability to work from home and flexible hours. Wealthy people can outsource the more onerous or dreary or time-sucking tasks that couples fight over. And the college-educated tend to have picked up more conflict-resolution and negotiation skills along the way. Their marriage is insulated from some of the stresses of balancing work and family. A sick child throws a much bigger wrench into the machinery of a factory or retail or service worker's life."<

The above is a small segment of the article in Time mag. Reading the article reminded me of your post. The complete piece is at the link below.......

Who Needs Marriage? A Changing Institution

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2031962-1,00.html

The Decline of Marriage And Rise of New Families

By Pew Social Trends Staff

http://pewsocialtrends.org/2010/11/18/the-decline-of-marriage-and-rise-of-new-families/

 


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