How do you lift yourself by your bootstraps when somebody else has cut your bootstraps off?
Inspired by Nicholas Kristoff, "Too Small to Fail", New York Times, 2016-06-02, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/02/opinion/building-childrens-brains.html.
He mentioned a study in which one-fifth of the children in West Virginia are born with alcohol or drugs in their system.
Or put another way, how can you win a race barefoot against those who have the latest high-tech shoes? Sure, some Kenyans practice barefoot and win a lot of long distance races, but they have lots of opportunity to practice. And they have lots of role models. How much practice in study can a child get in a house without books where the TV is on constantly?