Sunday, January 29, 2017


English: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Resized,...
English: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Resized, renamed, and cropped version of File:Mazlow's Hierarchy of Needs.svg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
People want to believe there’s an easy answer to thing.  People on welfare, well they should be made to work.  Pay their own way. Not actually a bad theory. In a perfect world.  However, in this response, is racism.  Okay, I'm sort of kidding. However, I don’t think people that are hard line conservatives can truly put themselves in someone else’s shoes (and many are just racist). In other words, they think that they would bring their values and work ethics and life skills with them.
I see correlations with governmental programs with my teaching.  I work with children that use illegal substances and have done bad things.  They have hurt people and they continue to hurt people when I work with them.
You cannot just come down on them. Yes you have rules and consequences and you enforce them. Yet you cannot be punitive. It only leads to be more punitive. You also have to identify the cause of the acting out. You have to give them skills to work through troubles. A kid that does not know how to calm down, is not going to calm down no matter how much you take privileges away.
You also have to cut break and reward their goodness.  You have to strengthen the positive so that the negative is replaced.
I am not saying take away prisons and laws.  I am merely saying that for everyone, change often does not succeed.  The figure I have heard is that it takes ten tries to change something you want to change.
We are all in our cycles of behaviors.  Thanks to luck, parents, and security ours are less dangerous. Those on welfare ares stuck.  Our only hope is to provide the children on welfar with the needs on the maslow hierarchy of needs and give them the skills and support that they need.

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