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Welfare Brat Hardcover – May 2, 2005
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The book is a riveting description of the worst that life on welfare has to offer, but Childers doesn't explain what factors helped her break out of the cycle of poverty. Was it the moral tenants she was exposed to in her Catholic background? A few good teachers? Caring and involved school counselors? Her exposure to "normal" life via The Fresh Air Fund? Or was she just born with "the right stuff"? Her writing displays a chilling lack of introspection and gratitude for those who may have helped her. But maybe that is all part of being a "welfare brat."
Nonetheless, I think this book should be required reading in the schools. Certainly it is a strong argument for federally funded childcare facilities that might help give children of even the most dysfunctional families a glimpse of the possibilities for a better life.