Friday, December 14, 2012

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid

We're from the government. And we're here to help:

THIS is what poverty sometimes looks like in America: parents here in Appalachian hill country pulling their children out of literacy classes. Moms and dads fear that if kids learn to read, they are less likely to qualify for a monthly check for having an intellectual disability.

That really is heartbreaking. But I'm sure in the government reports, the program is evaluated as a smashing success.

But did the report writers evaluate it for how much it helped the children?

UPDATE: Thanks to Stones Cry Out for the link. Question: Do we ban government programs to help poor children because this program is destroying the lives of poor children?