Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Nicholas Kristof: Land of Limitations?

I chose to take the quote approach to this reading blog today. Here are some quotes that I felt were very important in this article by Nicholas Kristof. 
“We are a nation of haves and soon-to-haves, of people who have made it and of people who will make it." I believe that is quote from the article most likely is a more positive twist on "have and have nots." Its showing that our nation is a place of success and good fortune, unlike some of the nations where people come from. This gives people hope for a greater future and life in America. This is relevant to the text because it is giving an example about how Kristof's father felt about this nation, as well as what brought Rubio's father over. This quote was the vision of these two men in their journey to America. 
"School might have been an escalator to a better life." This quote from the text is talking about Rick and how school could have helped him move up in the world, to make a name for himself. This is relevant to the text because its talking about the social latter and a way that could have been a step up. 
“The chance of a person who was born to a family in the bottom 10 percent of the income distribution rising to the top 10 percent as an adult is about the same as the chance that a dad who is 5 feet 6 inches tall having a son who grows up to be over 6 feet 1 inch tall.” This quote is very strait forward in its meaning. It is basically telling us that people of lower class most likely will not rise up the social later and become as successful as people who are more privileged. i disagree with is quote very much. I believe that if you try hard enough and have the enbition to achieve your goals you can do anything you set your mind to. But this quote is relevant to this article because its touching of the fact that there is a social latter that we have to climb to make it in this nation. 

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