Saturday, January 30, 2016


U.S.A., Land of Limitations?
Nicholas Kristof


Kristof argues that in today’s society, people are more likely to end up in the same kind of life that they started in.

Throughout generations, people have tried to change the outcome of their lives, whether it is gaining a higher education than their parents, getting out of poverty, or anything else. Of course, some people are successful. For those who grow up in poverty and go on to become rich, life is great. However, this is not usually the case. Kristof said, “Yet I fear that by 2015 we’ve become the socially rigid society our forebears fled, replicating the barriers and class gaps that drove them away”. These days people who were born poor are still poor, and people who were born rich are still rich.

Not being able to grow out of poverty is more than just not having a lot of money. Children in poverty have worries that go beyond where the money is coming from. As Kristof points out, “The best metrics of child poverty aren’t monetary, but rather how often a child is read to or hugged”, children need much more than money. Children will never feel they have left poverty without love and support, even if they do go on to become rich.

As Kristof argues, you can work as hard as you can, and think you are making all of the right choices in life, but in the end, there’s a greater chance that you’ll grow up to be in the same class position you were as a child.

Point to Share:

Kristof points out that in test scores, the class gap is almost twice that of the race gap. Schools need to pay more attention to the low-income students who may be going home to life in poverty. A student from a high-income family and a student from a low-income family can spend an entire day together at school, but what happens when the day is over and both those students go home to completely different lifestyles? What can teachers do to help that student from a low-income family who is predicted to stay in that class for the rest of his life?

About Me

My mom, my dad, me (19), my brother Jimmy (18), and my sister Amanda (22)

My family is very important to me, and we are all very close. My siblings and I are close in age so we get along well, and enjoy spending time together. Amanda just graduated from URI and is now a nurse at Kent Hospital. Jimmy is a senior in high school and is still making his college decision hoping to play basketball there. My mom and dad are very supportive of us all and are always there for us. 

Sarah, Brooke, Amanda, Tat, Alex, and me

These are my best friends. We met in high school, and are still very close. Sarah and Brooke go to Quinnipiac University and Amanda, Tat, and Alex go to URI. I also went to URI for my first semester in college, but then I decided to move home and commute to RIC. Since we are not all at the same school, we take every chance we can to spend time together. I don't know what I would do without these friends. 

Me and Jimmy 

My uncle has a beach house near a lake, and for the past two summers we have gone kayaking. I like to do fun things like this with my family. This summer was especially fun because my uncle and aunt and some of my cousins from Texas came to RI to visit. It was great to spend time with them because we don't get to see them very often. 

Amanda, Sarah, and me

My friends and I love to go to concerts together. This past summer Amanda, Sarah, and I had floor seats at the Taylor Swift concert. It was so much fun!

I work at a daycare near my house as an assistant teacher. Most of the time I am in the Preschool/PreK classroom, but sometimes I work with the toddlers as well. I have been working there for a little over a year, and it is the best job. It's such a great feeling to see the kids' faces light up when I walk in. I love spending time with the kids and helping them in any way that I can. This job makes me really excited to become a teacher with my own classroom :)