Good Intentions 1of3 Introduction and Public Schools with Walter Williams

Good Intentions 1of3 Introduction and Public Schools with Walter Williams

a program from imagine Erie Pennsylvania [Applause] did you take a close look at the poverty figures the most ironic and I think tragic conclusion that you reach is that we were winning the war on poverty in this country until shortly after Lyndon Johnson declared war on labor unions have used their power over the years to support policies and programs here in Washington that have the effect of excluding blacks some 55% of all black children in America are now born out of wedlock 1963 a time of incredible optimism for black people the sub rights movement was about to achieve its greatest triumphs a great war on poverty had been declared but something went wrong they say the road to hell is paved with good intentions this might be that road it's covered thick with good intentions in the mid-1960s and throughout the 70s and early 80's federal and state governments poured immense energy and well over a trillion dollars into the task of relieving poverty and promoting equality the result a complete failure for many blacks at the lower end of the economic spectrum the future looks more hopeless today than it did 20 years ago more black teenagers and young adults are unemployed more black families depend on welfare fewer black children are getting a decent education in some inner cities more than 70 percent of black babies are blown out of wedlock more black youngsters commit crimes more black people are victims of crimes my name is dr. Walter Williams and I'm an economist I have spent much of my life studying the causes of poverty I broke out of the North Philadelphia ghetto nearly 30 years ago so did most of my friends but today fewer young blacks are escaping places like this I want to spend the next 30 minutes exploring the reasons why for believe it or not to a considerable extent the government is the culprit it is the government with us hundreds of billions of dollars it is the government with its thousands of programs it is the government government anti-poverty programs have often ended up locking people into poverty to see how let's begin where everybody begins in school this is the first place I ever did that Benjamin Franklin High School in North Philly Franklin was mostly black when I was a student here in 1954 it has always had his problems financially and academically but I got a solid education here and so did my classmates most of my classmates read at or above grade level they came to school they did their homework and they behaved but as in most schools all over America things that Franklin got worse in the 60s and 70s test scores permanent many Franklin students do work far below high school level more students get diplomas but those diplomas are worth less and discipline got so bad that at Franklin as in most nearby schools security guards patrol the hallways in the early 1960s the federal government was putting less than a billion dollars a year into elementary and secondary education since 1964 federal spending on elementary secondary schools has gone up more than 900 percent and during that very period education has gone downhill by every conceivable objective measurement of real academic performance the 1960s were a time of great hope for public education not only was federal money coming in most black people believed that integration and the civil rights movement would put black parents and greater control of the children's education it didn't work out that way 20 years ago more than half of every dollar spent on education went to classroom teachers but today the fastest growth area in education is administrators researchers consultants people who often don't even set foot in a classroom and who are now spending less than 40 cents out of every dollar on class teachers there's a parasitic structure that has come into being that has nothing to do with the interaction between teacher and child in the classroom can we really blame government for the nationwide decline in education can we blame the Vietnam War for the turmoil of the 60s or lingering discrimination unfortunately not well public schools are falling apart non public schools are maintaining their standards schools like this one ivy leaf a Philadelphia just a few miles from Benjamin Franklin I believe spends far less in educating their children yet 80% of their children score higher than a national norm on standardized reading and math tests when my dog was in the public schools my husband I felt that she was not being challenged enough so we took her out and put her in AI belief and we're very happy and she's very happy because not only is she making good grades she also has self-confidence and she's showing some leadership qualities within the last two years the National Center for neighborhood Enterprise has been working on a study trying to identify were the independent schools especially those screws that catered primarily to minority students we found a great number that were stable successful in producing achieving students independent schools are doing a much better job in public schools on the average public schools are bad for black people today for the same reasons they were bad 30 years ago under segregation black parents did not control the public schools then and black parents do not control the public schools today some people have been fighting to give parents that control few years ago here Washington DC proponents of the tuition tax credit bill worked hard to push forth this initiative which would simply allow in the city poor parents to have freedom of choice for their kids to attend the school of their choice whether it's a public or non-public school they simply wanted to make sure that their kids got a quality education now this tuition tax credit scheme is nothing more than a device through which the individual parent would receive a tax credit on their income tax by taking that money allowed by the public education system now it was soundly defeated here in Washington DC simply because the education establishment Viet Minh Lee opposed it because they did not want the inner-city parents to have freedom of choice many of the politicians who got involved in this fight against tuition tax credits actually have their kids in non-public schools in exclusive private schools if you will and it's an absolute tragedy tuition tax credits wouldn't provide a utopia but they would give poor parents the power to choose a school like I believe rather than see their children condemned to a third-rate public school as long as they have the best for their kids they simply don't care about the others so what happens to kids who leave third-rate public schools for the job market

49 thoughts on “Good Intentions 1of3 Introduction and Public Schools with Walter Williams

  1. The statistics are even worse now.

    "It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."

    Thomas Sowell.

  2. Wish we had people like him in office. I think he and Thomas Sowell would be the best Presidential ticket this country could produce at the moment, which would be pretty damn good.

  3. The "war on poverty" isn't just a black issue and doesn't cause children to be born out of wedlock.

  4. What Martih Luther King have todo with the war o poverty to beggin with it and why this Professor Walter Williams only focus on black people living in poverty this is complete irrational and make no sense no only black people live in peroverty in this country this Walter williams is a complete idiot

  5. things have gotten way worse for the black community since this documentary came out..they said black births out of wedlock is 55% now its 75%

  6. I agree with you 100%. But the documentary Mr. Williams created is made to speak to the black community who in effect were harmed more than they know.

  7. true, but blacks are suffering disproportionately. since the war on poverty began. more and more blacks are born out of wedlock.

  8. Actually it was started before then. According to the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan the first act of the Continental Congress was a law funding public schools throughout the colonies. However, it did evolve into precisely what you describe.

  9. Yes but remember when this video was created, back when African American youth were primarily affected. This just started being a problem for everyone within the last 10 years.

  10. tax credits = what was called in my area "busing" and to tell you the honestly i hated it, because of so many kids doing this suburban kids were subjected to lottery for inner city highschool….lets just say results were less than desirable

  11. When you "make it out of the ghetto" you make a better life for yourself while simultaneously strip the environment of potential future leadership. It is the removal of the intelligence from communities that causes ghettos not the government.

  12. @IBloodSweatTears

    I'm not sure about prior but from the 50s to the 70s capital was forced to stay in the country because of Bretton Woods.

  13. @IBloodSweatTears

    I think that's the point, capital had to stay in the US after WWII because of Bretton Woods, incentives were irrelevant because it just forced to stay.

  14. @IBloodSweatTears

    Yeah Obana was recently talking about "insourcing" through incentives which is kind of silly because the biggest incentive for capital is having a massive low wage workforce.

  15. @AndroidPolitician capital control can be done, as long as it is reasonably done. these type of things can be easily corrupted,

  16. @Ravengaurd6

    True it was built on an unsound system but the effects of capital restrictions were spectacular and there's no reason why it can't be done again.

    Well growth and prosperity in cities was historically done in a time when capital movement was non-existent but now that it's faster than ever that would be the cause of the problems of joblessness.

  17. @AndroidPolitician That at it's best is weak economic structuring. The problem with that is controls of capital were always weak to market fluctuations and were made necessary by the Keynesian market bubble. (it's ironic how all of his system play into each others faults). You can't successfully condemn any given sector of a populace to a specific economic structure through force because markets shift too much for an agency to appropriate actions. the issue is how growth comes to the city.

  18. @Ravengaurd6

    The Federal Register is not a measure of regulations it's a measure of laws and regulations ON government (ie Census data can't be used by the CIA etc.) and the deregulation I'm talking about began in the 70s with things like:

    – Ending Bretton Woods in the 70s, allowing for capital movement and outsourcing
    – Deregulating the banks in 1979 etc.
    – Lowering corporate taxes in the 80s

    Basically all these things made jobs leave inner-cities and destroyed the place.

  19. @AndroidPolitician deregulation didn't come into effect until after Reagan was out of office. regulations actually increased by about 20,000 while Reagan was in office. The federal index states this. This is broader than the inner city. poverty was present, but the social nature has become far worse.

  20. @Ravengaurd6

    Nope that was literally because of outsourcing and deregulation and markets that lead to chronic joblessness and a destroyed community.

    Wilson actually talks about this, while poverty was always prevalent in inner-cities chronic joblessness was not and if you recall inner-city ghettos became an issue during the Reagan years.

  21. @AndroidPolitician regardless of the longevity of any given welfare program, the civil society of the impoverished class has collapsed into chronic violence and cultural degradation, due to a horrible educational system, a horrible justice system and horrible oversight of markets. the government has stepped all over the poor.
    The public sector sits on top of them and cuts them off from the private sector. if your neither in the public or private you have been deprived.

  22. Walter William's logic of welfare causing poverty is ridiculous. Poverty has never been as high as it was in the 50s because of what limited welfare we have and "dependence" is largely a myth.

    Obviously everyone will claim they know someone or blacks in the inner city but the median time on welfare when it was the most liberal was just 3 years.

    What destroyed African Americans? It was deregulation which allowed for mass outsourcing.

    Read William Julius Wilson instead of this clown.

  23. @Illyrien

    Well none of those things would have existed without the former and yes, the internet, GPS, Satellites etc. were extremely costly and had no application whatsoever let alone profit.

    No company is going to invest billions into something that won't yield anything.

  24. @TheCaliCapitalist I'm politically on the right and I can tell you emphatically what it is like to be poor and on welfare as a child. I hated food stamps and resented my mother for making me use them. I also knew the feel of hunger pangs. As I felt embarrassed, many now feel entitled. Collect the welfare but feel the shame of public assistance. Only then can you get out of it…

  25. @ninjashade411

    The only way you could ever think that "welfare keeps people in poverty" is if you think people are so stupid and greedy that they can't invest welfare for a better future and the actual evidence shows that you're wrong.

    Yeah politicians didn't but ENIAC, Project SCORE, GPS, the Internet etc. were invented by NASA and the military not the private sector.

  26. @ninjashade411

    What the fuck are you talking about? No one is forcing that community to get welfare it just so happens that if they didn't they would all die off because of years of literal genocide leaving them unable to do anything.

    And no, poverty is measured relative to the time and wouldn't of been 30-50% had we had welfare.

    What's more, it was the government that invented computers, satellites, GPS, the internet etc. so we would of been much slower without it.

  27. @ninjashade411

    Uh you do realize they were basically forced into a concentration camp and as a result live on hand outs? If they weren't put into that situation (aka genocided and lived under years of oppression) they wouldn't have to live on welfare and would be worse off had the government not provided welfare in their circumstance.

    Just look at US history, in the 1800s prior to any government aid we had 30-50% of people in poverty, post-LBJ it's never come close to the 1950s.

  28. @ninjashade411

    If welfare made things worse then why has poverty never come close to what it was in the 50s? That side, the "incentive" argument only works if you think people are too stupid and greedy to invest their welfare for a better future and the evidence proves it's not true.

    To this day, poverty is still the lowest in the countries with the most generous welfare and we've never been near the poverty of the 50s or 1800s.

  29. @ninjashade411

    The studies are cited and you can read them in full and what the "free market" did (which were basically tax incentives to outsource) was put massive amounts of blacks into poverty and there's a huge literature and studies on that.

    Interestingly, poverty has never gone as high as it was during the 50s and nowhere near what it was in the 1800s because of all this evil welfare.

  30. This video is complete bullshit,

    Welfare has been empirically proven to reduce poverty the most in the countries with the most generous welfare.


    The reason why blacks in 1982 were living in miserable poverty was because of massive outsourcing of manufacturing jobs.

  31. Money that we spend on education, other Social Insurance Programs and all other programs. Shouldn't just be judged by the "Good Intentions" of them and the amount of money thats spent on them. But the results that we get from the money that we spend on them. If we did that, we would see a lot of positive reform in these areas.

  32. @tulceaujcm If you dont understand what a title is you might want to consider returning to grade school.

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