Thursday, July 13, 2017
Who is “Ruining America”?
This David Brooks column called “How We Are Ruining America” has received lots of attention on the internet, but I don’t think we have commented on it. According to Brooks, members of the college-educated upper middle class — the top 20 percent or so — are ruining America by making sure their kids have good opportunities and, supposedly, making sure that kids from lower classes don’t get them.
Brooks says they have conferred good opportunities on their kids by “embrac[ing] behavior codes that put cultivating successful children at the center of life.” He concedes “there’s nothing wrong in devoting yourself to your own progeny.” I would go further. There’s everything right with it.
Brooks’ beef is that the college-educated upper middle class is excluding other people’s kids from access to the opportunities their kids have. But Brooks has just told us that the way we confer these opportunities is to embrace behavior codes that put cultivating successful children at the center of life.
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