My friend Carol von Haden (whom I credit here for the second time) proposed to me one of those bogglesome ideas that initially provoke disaffection and laughter, but which might make sense. Have you encountered it (before now--jeez, do I need to microprogram everything?), and have you any comments?
In California, at least, she says, 25% drop out of high school, and it then costs $40,000 per annum for their support in prison, the destiny of many of them, since there are ever fewer alternatives for them. Why not pay them, say, $100./week to stay in school? Less crime to fill out their budgets, a better work force, more youngsters going on to college and, again, a better work force, etc.
Carol claims that it would more than pencil out eventually (although most of the benefits other than less crime would be quite eventual).
Carol did not discuss any fine points, in particular: Who would get the stipend--everyone, or only those likely to be swayed (which would reward the bad, usually a bad idea), or what?
So what do youse animadvert? If anything.
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