I find that the authors' assumptions wrongly stereotypes people, obscures the exceptions to the description of what poor people are taught to believe and gives the wrong impression for which standardized methods to assist people are then formed. For example, to propagate the idea that poor women are taught to use their bodies to make money if they come from a poor family is unjust. By stating this opinion as a fact of generational poverty, without even offering substantiated proof, has the potential of giving caseworkers false impressions about all poor women and thus could undermine concern for the situation the woman is experiencing as well as prevent women from getting the appropriate assistance needed. Perpetuating these stereotypes of woman encourages discrimination and could be the reason women are still prevented from receiving wages equivalent to men as well as undermining corporate advancement opportunities for all women.
In the workbook the authors state that "hundreds of thousands of professionals have already been exposed to and inspired by Dr. Payne's understanding of economic diversity and many towns, cities, counties and some States have begun making changes based on her conjectures." If this model is so successful for assisting the poor by unjustly stereotyping their belief systems then where are the positive results? The government should "first do no harm." To create and utilize programs modeled on the unjust stereotyping of individuals into standardized categories will not successfully help any individual overcome poverty and is perpetuating the problem by forcing individuals into discriminatory definitions used by community leaders, professionals in education, social services, health care, law enforcement, corrections, business; according to the author's own words. The CDC refers to this institutional stereotyping as one of the three types of racism and seeks to eradicate it.