Julian658 wrote:Most parents want to provide the offspring with as much advantage as possible. Both my parents were highly educated and they stayed married while i was growing up. that gave me me an enormous advantage over those growing up in a one parent household. I would simply promote better parenting, this is the key to the success we see in the kids of Asian and Indian immigrants in America. These kids do way better than whites because they have tow good parents at home.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with your parents granting you every advantage they can so long as it's done legally. You had good parents looking out for your best interests. There is nothing wrong with having advantages or privilege. Some having more advantages or privilege is just a fact of life and that will never change no matter what. I agree that better parenting will certainly help but also, parents pass on the advantages they have to their children. Hence if parents don't have any advantages, they will have none to pass to their children. Those children will have to work harder to improve their station in life than children whose parents had advantages and passed those advantages onto them. But that's just life though and life isn't fair. I came from a household that was lower middle class. I was one the first (my cousin was the other first where she earned an engineering degree) to graduate college. I will also be the first to earn my Master's degree so long as I stick to my goals.
I do agree that Indian and Chinese families seem to do well in getting their children to achieve. I am more familiar with how Indian families encourage their children to achieve and that is by parents setting the example for their children to follow. I am not familiar with how Chinese families encourage their children to achieve but I am under the impression it is through discipline and keeping their children focused.
However, those in working and working poor classes have to go work all the time rather than attend school, so their kids are alone at the house with no example to follow. Plus, parents of those particular classes cannot afford to hire tutors or send their children to good private schools (lower middle class families also can't afford to send their children to private school though they could probably afford to hire a tutor). So, the children of working poor and working classes have their parents around them less because they are busy working to provide for their families and they don't have the money to ensure their children get educated. That's tough for those kids.
Julian658 wrote:Those on top love the low wages paid to immigrants. We keep going back to the same issue. Why do you think Brexit is popular among the blue collar workers of ther UK?
Blaming immigrants for our economic problems is not the answer. Immigrants are not the problem. I welcome immigrants to my country and would be glad to have them. We are enriched by immigration and we benefit greatly from immigration. The problem is we need stronger unions and laws that will help working people get a greater share of the economic pie. Worker productivity is higher today but all the gains are going to the top and their is no shared prosperity.
This was not the case several decades ago when legal precedent assured workers of the legal right to strike without any real fear of being replaced for making demands that were not extraordinarily unreasonable. They had immigrants back then working cheap and yet workers were paid more and you also didn't see this anti-immigrant hysteria. Unions today simply don't have any real bargaining power like they used to and when they did, working people did better and you didn't have anti-immigrant hysteria. Immigrants are not the problem. The problem is workers have no real voice anymore in the work place or in politics.
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