Good Intentions 1of3 Introduction and Public Schools with Walter Williams


Walter Williams’ PBS documentary Good Intentions based on his book, The State Against Blacks (1982). The documentary was very controversial at the time it was released and led to many animosities and even threats of murder. In Good Intentions, Dr. Williams examines the failure of the war on poverty and the devastating effect of well meaning government policies on blacks asserting that the state harms people in the US more than it helps them. He shows how government anti-poverty programs have often locked people into poverty making the points that: – being forced to attend 3rd rate public schools leave students unprepared for working life – minimum wages prevent young people from obtaining jobs at an early age – licensing and labor laws have had the effect of restricting entrance of blacks into the skilled trades and unions – the welfare system creates perverse incentives for the poor to make bad choices they otherwise would not Dr. Williams presents the following solutions to these problems: Failing Public Schools – Give parents greater control over their children’s education by setting up a tuition tax credit or voucher system to broaden competition in turn revitalizing both public and non-public schools Minimum Wages – Remove the minimum wage from youngsters to give more young people the chance to learn the world of work at an early age instead spending their free time idle an possibly falling into the habits of the street Restrictive Labor Laws, Jobs Programs

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    25 Responses to “Good Intentions 1of3 Introduction and Public Schools with Walter Williams”

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    2. cbennett714 says:

      @god0fgod I actually don’t find it funny at all. People take what they hear as truth without doing any kind of research for themselves.

    3. god0fgod says:

      @cbennett714 Why do you find it funny? I’d want to punch them in the face.

    4. YoungDreezee says:

      i remember the richard allen projects, it was crazy. anyway,this is why charter schools do so much better than the public schools.

    5. longfootbuddy says:

      close all public schools.. its wrong to rob people to fund the education of someone else’s kid

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    8. clintnorthwoods says:

      Walter Williams is one of my favorite people in the history of the world. reading or listening to him ( and his good friend Thomas Sowell ), you not only learn alot, but its very enjoyable learning,…it makes one`s mind work like like a super-charged engine.

    9. anurekumare says:

      I also have a great sense of humor ****

    10. demammoet says:

      The supply and demand theory is rather dead since forever.
      Ever since the earlier times of state capitalism couples of hundreds of years ago up till now.
      They had less regulations no minimum wages, and people were treated like the slaves we are today.
      The only thing thats different now is some protection from corporations/state, even though in actuality it means we are still powerless just less susceptible to direct mass subjugation.

    11. rosihantu1 says:

      Walter Williams knocks racism out of me but then I saw Wu Tang Clan on you tube, I’m back to being a racist again.

    12. oterj0 says:

      One other thing about min wage. Because employers looking for min wage work often produce consumable goods, the cost of the min wage is born disproportionately by those just above the min wage. The cost of consumer goods goes up, the poor bear the highest % burden of it all to give rich kids a pay raise. Poor kids are less likely to get min wage jobs than their rich peers. It’s a case of ignorance being bliss. You think it does something, therefore you do in spite of reality.

    13. cbennett714 says:

      @oterj0 I don’t get it myself. I am an economics major and have done a lot of studying on poverty. Walter Williams is exactly right. Why is it necessary for a minimum wage? Supply and demand of a free market will set the prices of labor on their own. When people try to argue the point with me, I ask them how labor prices are set for people who are paid above minimum wage. They usually give an answer of supply and demand. LOL

    14. cbennett714 says:

      @11Grayfox11 I agree, they ruin anything that they get too involved with yet people still don’t get it and want more gov’t intervention in the private sector.

    15. 11Grayfox11 says:

      Too many beureucrats and qwangos ruin the education system.

    16. cbennett714 says:

      @wjweigand I agree with you. My other two favorites are Milton Friedman and Thomas Sowell.

    17. HandyMan101 says:

      @BlacksAreBeautiful The desire to be rewarded for achievement is part of the human condition.
      If you ran schools like every other business model, it would be a far better off than what it is now.
      Saying … “this is what you should be doing” isn’t enough for most people.

      higher salary is a powerful motivator.

    18. HandyMan101 says:

      @wjweigand Amen

    19. Runesocesius says:

      @wjweigand Look for Thomas Sowell. He is second only to Friedman.

    20. BlacksAreBeautiful says:

      Well, if you have and maintain a high standard, it should go without saying there are incentives and/or disincentives. But the incentive should be merely to keep your job. Why should people be given bonuses when they do an excellent job? An excellent job is what all those on staff should be doing, and those who can’t or won’t are out. I agree with you 100% about either breaking up the teachers union, or restructuring it so they don’t have so much damn leverage!

    21. Myndir says:

      @cpblackangel88 Great comment. People go on and on about equality of opportunity, yet dislike a voucher system because of an irrational hatred of private education. I don’t care about equality of opportunity, but I do care about poverty and ignorance in a society. If you want to give power to the people, give them CHOICE, not dependency.

    22. Myndir says:

      @BlacksAreBeautiful Setting high standards means nothing if there are no incentives and discincentives to encourage staff to meet them. In fact, high standards without an incentive system is a problem in itself.

      Firing admin only makes sense if you can break the power of the teaching unions, which would be a benefit of giving more power of choice to poor parents.

    23. TwiztedAnimator says:

      @Thisisnotmyrealname8 You’re right about that, a good Majority of people on the “Left” are falling into the hands of the NWO. Obama has got them thinking that the Government cares about them, but when Bush was President, they loved talking about how the Government is out to get us. I have known that the Government was out to control us most of my life. No matter who the President is, there is always someone pulling the strings.

    24. Thisisnotmyrealname8 says:

      @TwiztedAnimator I agree, but I’m just trying to put a hex on Democrats until the elections. Right now, they are the ones embracing the NWO.

    25. TwiztedAnimator says:

      @Thisisnotmyrealname8 It’s not just Democrat policies as much as it is Socialist / Progressive policies. The Republicans, within the last 40 Years, are to blame as much as the Democrats. They both maintain Socialist / Progressive policies and they both are only in it for Money and Power.