In The Working Poor: Invisible in America, David K. Swartz pulls in a man named Lawrence Mead a scientist who studied the results of the working poor… In The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Challenges Facing Critical Thinking in the Contemporary Society. From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Arab and Jew, an intimate portrait unfolds of working American families struggling against insurmountable odds to escape poverty. This article about a book on or is a. Sure, people can pull themselves up by their bootstraps, but that task requires more than just elbow grease and a little savings these days. In fact, he mostly stays out of the preaching business, too.
People like Sarah who was molested as a child and is haunted by it daily. Shipler - Indiana State Library. One day after work, the car does not start. I had to set it down sometimes, and come back to the stories of so many families fighting on so many fronts. He lays out the facts and research, supplements with personal stories, conversations, and following families for years at a time, but mostly allows me to reach my own conclusions. In addition, Shipler exposes the broken systems of public and private assistance. Politicians, corporations, crappy landlords e.
And there is no one solution. It doesn't try to follow ideology, but instead just examines the lives of people who fit in this demographic and takes an honest look at what they have to endure and fight against daily. Presenting individual case studies, Shipler exposes the vicious social and economic injustices that define the working poor. It's also very quaint-seeming, in that it was written before Obama ever took office, and a lot of the anecdotes haven't really stood the test of time over the past decade plus. The slick wording of the program made it less than apparent that it was actually a short term loan that came with an extremely high interest rate. Nonetheless, by exposing the wretched condition of these invisible Americans, he has performed a noble and badly needed service.
They made bad life choices and never learned from them. For instance, there is attention given to the disparity in spending for schooling based on local real estate valuation. This information may have been attained through observation, reasoning, and experience. The book presents no easy set of solutions or pat formulas which are going to solve this crisis. The kids are picked up late because Mom had to take the bus.
The asthma problems he continually suffers at home keep him up wheezing and coughing much of the night causing him to fall asleep often in school. Shipler notes throughout the book how each person or family he talks to has had a significant financial downfall due to a series of events. Want to add some juice to your work? Compelling Stories, Heart-Rending Examples One of the greatest strengths of this work is that it brings forward the examples of individual cases of poverty which work to give it a human face — one that is more difficult to ignore than the stereotype produced by anti-worker chauvinism. Reich, University Professor, Brandeis University, and former U. If you are looking for a place that will put your contributions to work, let me suggest Central Dallas Ministries. I am sorry for them but I have no respect for anyone who hates what went on before then continues through life to keep making the same stupid mistakes. Critical thinking can simply be defined as the disciplined process of actively evaluation, analysing, conceptualising, application and synthesizing of information.
It depends on poverty - Shipler says so quite uncritically - the issue for him is that the poor are treated better and given the opportunity to get ahead so others may replace them. Business and government can be part of the problem and can also be part of the solution. This blog is about: business books, business book authors, business ideas… Actually, it is a blog about problems, and solutions. Using their lives as examples, he illustrates the struggles the working poor face while attempting to escape poverty. Only where the full array of factors is attacked can America fulfill its promise. If a single cause were identified, a remedy might be readily designed.
In one sense this can be refreshing, but in another sense you want to pull your hair out and scream, if for no other reason than that certain services exist to help these people exactly because they have fallen on hard times due to bad luck. And unlike mostworks on poverty, this one delves into the calculations of some employers as well—their razor-thin profits, their anxieties about competition from abroad, their frustrations in finding qualified workers. Another challenge faced by the working poor is poor health. These troubles run strongly along both macro and micro levels, as systematic problems in the structure of political and economic power, and as individual problems in personal and family life. They often get billed extra fees because they go below the amount. There are many books to recommend from the list of books I have presented. This impassioned book not only dissects the problems, but makes pointed, informed recommendations for change.
Shipler chronicles the lives and stories of the working poor, examining the interconnected challenges of health, education, community, abuse, hunger, finances and addiction that keep many marginalized individuals at the edge of society. Along these lines what we talk about here are around an intention and consideration enter to the understanding. The boy picks up his puzzle, which is all together, then turns it over and dumps the pieces on the table with a clatter. And the people he writes about, for the most part, are hard working people struggling to stay off welfare. Depending on the ideology, destructive parenting is either not a cause or the only cause of poverty.
Description: xii, 319 pages ; 25 cm Contents: Introduction: At the edge of poverty -- Money and its opposite -- Work doesn't work -- Importing the third world -- Harvest of shame -- The daunting workplace -- Sins of the fathers -- Kinship -- Body and mind -- Dreams -- Work works -- Skill and will. It's not as simple as not having cable. The biggest of which was the amount of Park Rangers that responsible for hectares upon hectares of mountainous terrain. Shipler is imitative to other experts as well as derelict on certain solutions. At each of our monthly meetings, Karl and I each present a synopsis of a best selling business book. Extent xii, 319 pages Isbn 9780375408908 Isbn Type alk.