Hope Yen’s article presented interesting statistics without providing any insight regarding causation [“The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans,” Nation & World, Jan. 26].
There are many more workers with some college education today because many more people are being herded into colleges whether they have the necessary capabilities or the financial wherewithal. Then, many of them borrow heavily beyond what they can make in their chosen field of employment.
Couple these factors with the fact that many graduates have pursued empty degrees in subjects that have little or no demand and it is quite easy to understand why this food-stamp-dependent group is growing rapidly.
Education needs to bring back the curriculum that requires a broad base of requirements, which includes math, history, science and literature so that there is something worthwhile remaining when a course turns out to be an unfulfilled, wasteful disappointment.
Richard Starr, Sammamish