On Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:45:17 -0600, Robert Hansen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Money isn?t the solution. Caring is.
Neither is "the" solution. Many caring parents have lousy kids. Many rich parents have kids at least as bad.
But both are part of some solutions---maybe even part of a general solution, though no one knows what that might be.
It's worth noting that kids of "rich" parents---that is, those who are educated and have both the time and the commitment to spend a lot of that time with their kids---know thousands more words when they reach kindergarten. (Thousands for sure; 30,000 according to a study I recently heard about by word of mouth---not sure whether I believe it or not.) Whatever the number, it's an overwhelming edge that none of you seem to have thought about. And it's a pretty intangible result of the combination of "rich" and "caring".
But there are other solutions. Why, for example, did my dad---who grew up as a Hispanic in a milieu at least as bad as Bob's (try the slums of Chicago during the Great Depression; on one occasion, he witnessed a Capone-style hit!)---wind up as a Presbyterian pastor (a graduate of Princeton Seminary) with a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and three kids with graduate degrees? The rest of his family? They're good folks, but they're still uneducated and dirt poor.
- --Louis A. Talman Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Metropolitan State University of Denver