At any rate, in addition to the concerns mentioned in the blog comments, in some of the circles in which I have traveled this post came up for some criticism. But, Jack is not the only one thinking along these lines. I am currently (and slowly) reading Mudwoman, by Joyce Carol Oates. Professor Oates, of Princeton, is not a flash in the pan author, so perhaps her opinion can be given some respect.
One of those regions in America, M.R. had said, trying to describe her background to her astronomer-lover who traveled more frequently to Europe than to the rural interior of the United States, where poverty has become a natural resources: social workers, welfare workers, community-medical workers, public defenders, prison and psychiatric hospital staffers, family court officials—all thrived in such barren soil. (p 31)And perhaps that respect can spread to Blogger Jack.
All that said, I do hope that no one in Lowell is thinking of Poverty as an acceptable business model.
And, as Victoria notes, education is the route out—but I would add education as more than just what you get from the local school district, as important as that is. Mentoring as education. Teenage employment as education. Scouts and other youth activities as education. The Pollard Memorial Library as education. Mom and Dad (and Aunt and Uncle) setting examples as education.
Regards — Cliff