Ignorance Is Bliss (Jasmine Moore)

24 Feb

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I chose the article “Profiting From a Child’s Illiteracy” because it reminds me of our discussion in class about “Ignorance is Bliss”. The United States is known for being a place that people come to fulfill their dreams and get a good education. But surprisingly there is a high rate of people especially children who are illiterate in the United States. This article discusses poor families who are illiterate  The parents do not want their children to learn how to read and write because, they will be less likely to qualify for a monthly check for having an intellectual disability. I found it disturbing how these families are choosing money over something much more valuable like an education, so that their children can have a better future.

 

Link for article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/09/opinion/sunday/kristof-profiting-from-a-childs-illiteracy.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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2 Responses to “Ignorance Is Bliss (Jasmine Moore)”

  1. joshspring2013 February 24, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    It’s pretty sad what some people do to their children. I remember hearing years ago that one man taught his daughters the wrong colors on purpose (blue she called red, etc.). But it’s important to remember that, as in many cases, it’s only a select few doing this and not the majority.

  2. avane73 February 24, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    Kristof’s article suggests a widespread misuse of Supplemental Security Income for children with disabilities. Nevertheless, according to the Government Accountability Office, this benefit is only available to those who can prove disability through medical records, teacher assessments, and at least other four information sources.
    More than 50% of the claims are denied. This limits a great number of children who live under the poverty threshold and with some kind of mental impairment, denying them the means needed to have equal opportunity of success.
    While some specific instances of systematic abuse are within the rage of possibilities, it is vital to look at the larger picture. Eliminating the program to reduce the ‘burden on taxpayers’ has greater implications. Lets look at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, or the Aurora shooting. Both cases in which mental illness wasn’t property treated, and as result society as a whole was deeply affected. Can we really afford to limit the opportunities of these children and families who are struggling to survive?

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