Which comes first: poverty or spanking? Friday news round up
The LA Times reviews a new Duke University study that tries to untangle spanking your kids from being poor. The study shows that poor children are way more likely to be spanked, but it also makes them more aggressive and slows their development.
It sort of asks the question – are kids spanked because they are poor and then become poor because they were spanked?
The study says parents often spank because they themselves are dealing with challenges – like being a young or single parent or living in poverty – and they also might reflect that poor parents are preparing their kids for a life full of these same challenges.
The Senate voted to continue a policy that would require able-bodied public housing residents to do 8 hours of community service a week if they’re not working. Chicago already has a much more stringent policy in place, so it’s not really news here. Most interesting, however are Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu’s comments about how we put requirements on public housing residents who get government money, but we haven’t put any requirements for community service on Wall Street execs who got big bailout money from the feds.
I personally would like to see AIG executives in some sort of jumpsuit, picking up trash on the highway. Maybe just for personal satisfaction? They might be able to use a character-building activity.
Last but not least, the Poverty to Opportunity campaign talks about a new report on what it takes to be self-sufficient in Illinois. The results are pretty shocking. Here’s a little snippet:
On average, an Illinois working parent of two has to make $49,030 to meet the family’s most basic needs without any public or private assistance. Think that seems like a lot of money? You are not alone, as the report estimates that 1 million non-senior Illinois households make less than $49,030 a year.
Man, what chance do us regular people – janitors, police men, teachers (and journalists…) – have?
On that happy thought, enjoy your weekend. See you all on Monday.