An increase in the minimum wage is not an effective way to lift Americans out of poverty. The real answer is still to equip them with the necessary skills to earn a higher wage, especially a high school diploma.
Heritage Foundation expert Mary Clare Reim reports on ways to help both youth and schools succeed in this mission:
Administrators and policymakers should focus on strategies that develop the broad range of skills needed for success, thereby developing the whole person. This approach begins with targeting violence, drug use, and other negative community influences that encourage students to drop out rather than make responsible decisions for their future. Several successful programs have been implemented at various high schools around the country. Schools should look within themselves, identify the specific barriers to high school completion that plague their community, and design programs that target the needs of their at-risk youth. Policymakers should foster experimentation to find better strategies, and they should make it much easier for parents to select schools that match the needs of their children.
Do you think education is a way to escape poverty?