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Intractable problems

Posted By: Douglas Hainline on October 16, 2012
Although there are no doubt incompetent and lazy teachers, as well as many mediocre ones, replacing all of the teachers in America's inner-city schools with brilliant and highly-motivated ones would not make much difference to educational outcomes. Nor would passing every government-jobs-creation or welfare-increase bill that could be dreamed up.

Poor people have indeed pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps in the past, using whatever resources were available to them. But these poor people had a culture which motivated them to succeed. Without that, little can be done. And we don't know how to transform cultures.

If we could give America's impoverished minorities the same work ethic as America's Vietnamese and Chinese communities, the problem of poverty and poor educational attainment would be solved in one generation. We don't know how to do that, so the problem is, effectively, insoluble. Political Correctness makes it near-impossible to even address the situation.
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