Groceries or graduation?

Groceries or graduation? By helping low-income students access benefits — food stamps, health insurance, housing and energy vouchers, child-care subsidies and the like — community colleges hope to keep students in school. Single Stop, a national nonprofit, also links students to legal and financial counseling and free tax-preparation services.


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  1. Academics cannot claim neutrality in discussions of social policy. If school and work are substitute activities and welfare tilts the balance toward school, academics have a direct financial interest in promotion of welfare.

  2. Edeucational institutions promoting access to gov’t handouts? What could possibly go wrong?

  3. Hmmm….. Schools helping people find the resources they need to make bettering themselves an actual possibility. Sounds like what they’re supposed to do. Good for them. It may fail, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be tried. As to the criticism above, I think the following applies:

    “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”

    • Are you high? We’ve got 50 yrs of experience with replacing achievement with dependency. Talk about ignorance..

  4. I’m against setting up a situation where work becomes less well-compensated than school. This ends up being a way of avoiding the labor market.