Link welfare with educational outreach [Letter]

If someone is on welfare, there is an excellent chance they were doing something wrong in their life that caused them to be in that position. In some cases, it's having a child out of wedlock and trying to support themselves and rear the child without support from the father. Other situations may include a poor attitude leading to an inadequate education, improper job interview skills, alcohol and drug addiction and an assortment of other problems. What I'm proposing is a solution to alleviate much of this problem to the individual and to the government.

All welfare should be contingent upon each client enrolling in classes that have proper instructors that are able to deal with an assortment of the problems that afflict them. The supply of instructors can come from various graduate schools in the area and graduate schools in college can offer internships and practical experiences on the subject matters. This would radically cut the costs since most internships and practicum are non-paying. Once the clients have been divided into appropriate problem areas (they can be enrolled in more than one class), the needed help can be supplied. At the end of the course, the welfare client will be evaluated on levels of cooperation, understanding their problem and knowing how to deal with their problem properly. If they fail, they will be required to re-take the course. If they pass, they will sign that they will continue to work on their problem and apply what they've learned. Then, they will be held accountable. In some situations, the classes will be on-going. At this point, the client will be expected to work to get themselves off welfare in a designated time.

A failure to live up to the expectations provided by the course will seriously jeopardize future welfare payments. They should then be required to work for an outside company of the choosing of the Department of Social Services.

Donald Frost, Essex

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