When Capitalism Fails (Why Won’t Anyone Think Of The Children?)
The question of how to address poverty in the United States is complicated. Steven Horwitz, chair of the department of economics at St. Lawrence University, and Jeffrey Reiman, professor of philosophy and religion at American University, debate the level of government assistance that should be given to help the poor.
In this clip, professors Horwitz and Reiman discuss how children who are poor can best be helped. While adult poverty may, in many cases, be due to some fault of the adult, should children have to suffer their parents’ mistakes? Both argue in favor of improvements in the education system, especially in creating more choice. While Prof. Horwitz suggests this can be done outside of government, Prof. Reiman argues that government will still have to be involved, even if only to create the vouchers.
Prof. Reiman also turns the question on its head, suggesting that perhaps the children of successful parents should not benefit from the parents’ success any more than children of poor parents should not be punished for their parents’ failings. Should all children start out on an equal footing, financially as well as educationally? What should be done to improve education opportunities for the poor? Is the government the best provider of education? What are your thoughts?
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/31/world/asia/for-indias-poor-private-schools-help-fill-a-growing-demand.html?_r=0 [article]: Vikas Bajaj and Jim Yardley explain the importance of private schools for India’s poor students and communities
http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2011/06/markets-and-the-economic-condition-of-the-poor/[article]: Steve Horwitz breaks down the economic condition of the poor and whether markets work to benefit the least advantaged
http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/school-choice#axzz2l6ZMf1W8 [article]: Walter Williams explains the idea of School Choice and refutes many of the common arguments against it
Reiman, Jeffrey. (1995). The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Crime and Criminal Justice. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
http://reason.com/blog/2012/12/13/in-michigan-more-poor-families-taking-re [article]: Scott Shackford of Reason Magazine breaks down Michigan’s right-to-choose debate dealing with the state’s charter schools.
http://www.law2.byu.edu/lawreview/archives/2008/2/90WOLF.FIN.pdf [journal]: Patrick J. Wolf answers a number of important policy questions surrounding school vouchers and whether they benefit students
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