What Both Rich And Poor Children Are Missing
In today’s New York Times Book Review, I write about a new book by Paul Tough:
“Though the title ‘How Children Succeed’ makes the book sound like an instruction manual for parents, it’s really a guide to the ironies and perversities of income inequality in America. Tough, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, portrays a country of very privileged children and very poor ones, both deprived of the emotional and intellectual experiences that make for sturdy character.
The political and economic consequences of our unbalanced society have been brought to the fore by debates about the causes of the Great Recession and the claims of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Paul Tough brings us news of the psychological effects of income inequality, through stories of the people who feel these effects most acutely: our children.” Read more here.
Do you think both rich and poor children are missing out on the experiences that build character? Please share your thoughts . . .