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Brad F

Let me sum up your post:

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."


Bill Gardner

Actually, no, and I wanted to avoid that interpretation. I actually had a sentence to the effect that this is not about teaching a man to fish. I guess I failed.

Two differences between what I wanted to say and the fish parable.
1. I'm not proposing to teach a man to fish. (Job training is a huge failure.) I want to teach the man's children calculus, and they can solve protein folding problems, so their child can synthesize sushi-grade tuna without killing fish, so their children...
2. The notion of well-being at play here isn't just about protein or the dollars to buy them. Those future generations of kids are better off just because they know calculus (and how to fish, or synthesize fish, or...) just because the space of the lives they can realize is so much bigger than their father's.


Why not give it to the mom prior to the child being born, or some sort of credit to the parent. I kind of see what the point you are making is. Just curious whether if the parent's outcomes improve won't the child's possible outcomes expand?

Bill Gardner

I think there are many things that we can do for moms ( & even dads ) that would benefit kids. Canada, for example, has much stronger family leave policies than the US.

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