Let the poor say “I am rich”. Let the weak say ” I am strong.” It is time for the people in poverty towns in America, laying by pools of depression and dispair, to take of their beds and move. America has some very fine states where citizens go to good school, receive quality health care, and young people are not forced into legal drug addictions. It is time to move. The silent majority is silent because America does not want to hear what it has to say, and what they have to say is that there is something wrong with America, a something that only individual actions can correct. Stop fighting poverty and move away from it. Poverty is a form of injustice, and fighting injustice takes more than a will, a gun and a strong back. You cannot fight against something built into the system Poverty is built into the system. Poverty has its advantages. Poverty is entertainment. Poverty motivates art and creativity. Music, the voice of the soul comes from poverty and dispair. Great performers from the screen and stage get their motivation and passion from the Muse of poverty. LBJ won the war against poverty, he just forgot to declare victory. A crack was place in the poverty system, and millions escaped and transformed their lives. It is time for Appalachia to move out of the hills and coal mining towns, and migrate to other states. Home is not where poverty is home is where the spirit of God is working in the lives of you and your loved ones. Education is intended to eliminate poverty, but when poverty benefits a state, you need to move. It is time for a resurrection. It is time for the dead to live again.

This paper addresses the writers opinion about the root causes of poverty. The papers, which were sent were designed in the format of this class. We see no one, we interact with no one. We are computers talking to each other. We cut and paste responses for unknown technological systems. We have learned nothing except the cut and pasting received from other faceless individuals. There is no touch and feel to the topic because the human factor has been eliminated. Poverty is a concept, an European concept. People who do not look like us, think like us, dress and act like us are considered poor.

We question their reproductive behaviors and we look at the gods they believe in. We however, refuse to accept the idea that poverty in the world is a European design, developed by European nations using their value system, to maintain control. For thousands of years people have lived in their corner of the world living pastoral lives, reproducing themselves and caring for children. The fact that life goes on in a continous stream is an indication that they must be doing something right. Again with the invasion of the great white father, there is the suggestion that they have it all wrong. Give them their pieces of silver and make them think that the great white fathers has all of the answers. The great white father is wrong, and he has had 400 years of wrongness. This period of wrongness is coming to an end and the powerful structures want to have a piece of the future, which the handwriting on the wall suggest they will not have any part. So we have developed nations wanting to step in, and prove that racism is good and the answers to enlightment must come from the great white father and only the great white father. White money, white environmental issues, white education, and continued white power. It is time to accept the fact that the world is a rainbow and it has color. If however we cannot accept that fact here in our own country, how are we going to understand the development of change taking place around this rain bow world. This is thought without cutting and pasting. This is thought without powerpoints and invisible instructors throwing volumes of work at students without any human input just technological cut and pasting. Knowledge is power, but without the skills to breakdown that knowledge and impart it to others, educational transformation does not take place.

This course in social and economic stratification shows how the world is divided into the have and those who do not have. It clearly lays out reasons for the placements on the scales of the haves and the statistical reasons for the world wide poverty as defined in our european data files. It would be interesting to find out

         We study about poverty around the world but we never look at poverty in the United States, and the root causes of poverty. We do not look at how individuals escape from poverty in this developed country, and what prevented those still caught in poverty from escaping. In the developing world, those who control power plan strategies to maintain the status quo. The rich want to remain rich, and the powerful want to continue their hold on power.Class and economic position must be transferred from one generation to the next. It is necessary for some form of mental and visual transformation to take place before a physical and behavorial transformation occurs.

Each society has its means of maintaining social order and preventing transformation from occuring, or occuring to quickly. In America social order is achieved through a planned failed education system. Only so much education is put into the pipe line and distributed to the various communities in America, and that education is carefully filtered so that any insight or motivation for social change is eliminated. The poor get the messages and education intended to help them to remain pooor and the service class to the middle and upper classes.

The middle class, usually composed of those who through struggle or luck, found themselves on a track out of the economic class of their fathers or grandfathers, but exposed to a new world with all of its challenges and few guided directions. Being fighters and risk takers, they work through challenges and adversities, and are often rewarded with wealth and power unheard of in the sacred stories of their ancestors. The risk takers stopped listening to the stories long ago, and decided to go out and write their own stories making them up as they go on their way. This group even abandoned the gods of their ancestors; gods of fear, which exacted a dear price and demanded total obedience and surrender of thought. The poor all over the world are religious to the death, and continue to worship at the feets of their gods of poverty, ignorance, dispair, hopelessness and violence.

In America, the worship of the god of ignorance is the most sacred, and a considerable amout of time and ritual is dedicated to its service. Our educational system is not only our god, but it is the banker to the poor. It is the source from which those who are assigned to the bottom tier of society come to and get their daily hand out for survival. Our public educational system issue out pablum of defeat as nurishment for a planned life. Our colleges and universities, offer watered down instructors to teach water down courses, which do not provide the information or direction required to make significant changes in life’s conditions. If America is truly interested in addressing issues of poverty, inequality and injustice around the world, it must first look for the core reasons for this poverty, inequality and injustice. It could start with looking at its own country and what part it plays in designing this planned socio economic system designed to benefit the choosen, the quest is who are the chosen, and how did they become the chosen?

Poverty in America is entered into through its failed education system, and is existed through one of the best educational system, respected throughout the whole world, and located in the same country. The best and the brightest come here to study, and the most challenging and difficult are here to be studied upon as a labatory of how to keep social order through keeping a select people in its assigned economic place through education. Western thought prevents the idea that man has the ability to change his conditions in life; these conditions are predescribed by the gods and the children of the gods. We have pictures of those gods, with their blond hair flowing in the wind, and their piercing blue eyes suggesting that they see with the eyes of heaven. The closer the children of these gods look like their father, the more entitled they are believed to be. It is the children of these golden gods who are considered the chosen, and as such are entitled by divine right to the wealth of the earth. The problem is that 75% of the global population do not look like the golden gods and as such are not children entitled to the inherited wealth. They however must be taught their place as a majority serving the minority, and this is done through education and strategies placing puppet governments in place all over the world.

China has elected to play its own game without the class intervention and group separation. China wanted to eliminate the poverty system in its own country and she decided to do it through her own education system. She invited experts to come in to teach, but not to preach. They welcomed the technology of the western world, but not the gods of that world. Without the god fear and restrictions, China is releasing thecapabilities of the human potential without restrainst or planned restrictions. She has problems, but she also has the progress that comes with releasing the potential within. Her greatest challeng is controllong the freedom of the mind, and developing a sense of obligation and responsibility without the traditional fear check mechanisms.

America has not yet decided how to release all of her citizens to the freedom of their capabilities. She still has her golden gods to worship, and the children of those gods work hard to make sure those who are not considered chosen play in the muddy waters and not permitted into the clear running waters of health and wealth. Our educational systems are still the gatekeepers to upper mobility, and the pathway from the schools of the poor lead into a multibillion dollar prison system, while the road from the schools of the middle class leads to the university system. These are pictures, which the country does not like to talk about and will seldom acknowledeg.

How do you bank to these poor trapped in failed education systems, designed to encourage failure, frustration and drop out, rather than to encourage success. In our higher education systems, individuals filled with hope of the possibility of an opportunity to transform their lives and economic conditions, are met with poorly prepared instructors lacking the skills to break down conceptual thought necessary for learning.

In many American colleges, students learn what what they came in with, what they know is what they have acquired through previous interactions with outside sources. Instructors test what information was brought into the learning process, and not information given to students from and by learning experiences in the classroom. In some cases students do not even need to personally interact with the instructor, but exchange ideas through an electronic medium requiring the cutting and pasting of thought, rather than the development of thought through inter personal relations.

If we cannot get into human to human relations with students with whom we have been assigned to transform lives, then how can we in all honesty handle the problems on a global scale, where the world is looking for answers on how to change the quality of their lives, a life design they are no longer willing to accept.

Do we really want the poor to think rich? Do we really want individuals to take responsibility for their own health and sexual behaviors? Do we really want to free women from the control of men?

Do we really want the son or daughter of the poor field hand, thinking that they are entitled to the same rights and privileges as the master of the house? Do we really want people in developing countries knowing the value of the resources beneath their feet and in the hills and mountains, and possessing the skills to get those resources?

Do we really want to turn our prisons into learning centers and universities and have our public schools become transformational centers designed to equalize chances regardless of the inequality of our birth? These are the hard questions we must ask before we embark on systems of global awareness and change.

Education achieves its purpose by maintaining the status quo, where children of the lower socio-economic class become the lower socio economic adults, and middle and upper class children become middle and upper-class adults.[1] This cycle occurs because the dominant group has, over time, made it their bussiness through curriculum content and design to closely aligned education with middle class values and aims, thus alienating people of other classes[2]. Hunger and poverty in the world follows the same design.

World leadership will change directions in the future, the focus policies and attention will come from the Pacific Rim. The age of Rome and Greece are over. The age of the golden gods are over. The world has color, awareness and experience, it has become risk takers, and taking risk beyond their own borders. Many are following the American model of multiculturalism, encouraging the world and its diversity to come in and share their gifts and talents for the benefit of all. The wealth of the future is not monetary capital but human capital, the countries, which can harness the intellectual energies of their own people to challenge the gods to become co creators of this globe, will be the leaders of the future. Poverty is slowly becoming a dying economic system built by the gods to keep unneeded people in their place. With the need for human capital to build stairways to the stars, man is once again the most important resource on earth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • [1] Paulo Freire, (2000) Pedagogy of the Oppressed (3rd Ed), Continuum Press, New York

 

  1. [2] Wilson, B. and Wyn, J. (1987) Shaping Futures: Youth Action for Livelihood, Allen & Unwin, Hong Kong

 

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