Everyone has heard Newt Gingrich's preposterous and ludicrous statement that poor children do not have any work ethic. Mr. Gingrich also uttered that the only thing poor children know how to do is something illegal. Of course, this idea is totally absurd bordering on the illogical.
While it is true that SOME poor children indulge in illegal activities, it is not true of the majority of poor children. Many poor children, especially those who yearn for a better life, have afterschool jobs beginning for some in junior high school. Many of these children have a prodigious work ethic that their more affluent counterparts do not have. There are a lot of poor children who view the dismal impoverishment around them and vow that they want a better life for themselves.
Many of these children work afterschool jobs to help themselves and to bring extra income to their families. They also take education seriously, knowing that the only way to affluence is through studious appication. Many poor children win scholarships to colleges and beyond. What Mr. Gingrich fail to realize that many successful people came and still come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds e.g. Oprah Winfrey, media mogul; Mark Wahlberg, actor/producer/ businessman, and Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, motivational speaker. Mr. Gingrich needs to wake up to the real world so to speak. What is your take on Mr. Gingrich's premise regarding the so-called lackadaisical work ethic of the lower socioeconomic classes!
I don't think there's been a time more than now when Newt Gingrich needs to consider getting a 3rd divorce. Not from his wife but his foot from his mouth. I mean gee whiz. Of course there are people in lower socioeconomic statuses trying to get by, but you can't classify or condemn their situation without getting to know it. And that's all he's doing. I think if he wanted to help he would announce an initiative to help these kids get out of their current situation and actually have a better life for themselves.
by Grace Marguerite Williams3 weeks ago
Do you believe that children from lower socioeconomic circumstances are doomed to lives of educational & socioeconomic poverty, even becoming members of a permanent generational underclass w/no educational &...
by RodneyBlaec Rainey2 years ago
Apparently there have been some studies recently into the psychological effects of wealth and poverty on the human mind. Lawrence Davidson of OpEd News writes.."The notion that the poor can make "free...
by Grace Marguerite Williams2 years ago
In the United States and in first world nations, with the increase of education. there has been an increase in the number of small families. There is a correlation between high intelligence, education, and small...
by janesix20 months ago
I think it is due to the erosion of families. Mothers no longer stay home with their young children, and fathers are no where to be seen in a large percentage of families. The kids don't have a father figure, and I...
by awesome775 years ago
Coming from a very poor background, I have come to realize that most rich people do not give a rats ass about the poor! If in doubt, show me a rich person and you will see someone that has gone to great lengths to...
Copyright © 2017 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.