Thursday, June 02, 2016

Lift yourself by your bootstraps?

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,

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?