U.S.A. Land of Limitations?
By: Nicholas Kristof
August 8, 2015
In the article there is a discussion about how there may be many chances to be successful in the U.S. but there are limitations. Kristof does an excellent job of explaining his opinion in the most respectful way while also making good points about how being raised in certain environments can impact one’s future.
Such limitations for being successful and rising from where one started that are mentioned include, following their family's history of living in poverty, not getting the right education or encouragement from peers, teachers or parents or not having any want, or will to change and be more successful than anyone else. Kristof brought up an example point of how his friend who basically grew up by himself, may not have had the same chances as other kids his age. I think that by mentioning his friend’s life story and how he grew up really made me realize how much more appreciative some people, including me should be. Kristof mentions in the article “parents’ incomes correlate to their adult children’s incomes roughly as heights do.” and what he means is that most children take after their parents in physical structure and career success as well as economic success. Kristof also mentioned that children’s education is what should be debated about in politics, “That’s what the presidential candidates should be debating” and he makes a good point that success in all communities should be a number one priority, that all schools, parents, peers and counselors should focus on showing children what is possible for them and they can do it.
Questions/Comments to Share:I think what his article really can relate to is money and education. Also, adding to the idea that some people need to be more appreciative is that many people out in the world only do care about money, and although money is needed it is about being happy with where you are in life and knowing you have accomplished what you wanted and strived for. I completely agree with everything he mentioned about environments and family history playing a part in the future, but I also believe that if someone wants to branch out and work hard to accomplish their dreams that they can do it.