Saturday, January 30, 2016

U.S.A., Land of Limitations? by Nicholas Kristof

U.S.A., Land of Limitations? by Nicholas Kristof

Princeton economist Alan Krueger states that "parents' income correlate to their adult children's incomes roughly as heights do."
This quote is important to the reading because your parents' heights can determine how tall you will eventually become. Krueger also gives an example saying that parents who are 5'6" are not likely to have a child who grows to be over 6'1". This relates to the adult children's income because if your parents are poor, then there is a slim chance that the child can become rich. Lastly, Krueger states that "'it happens, but not often.'"

"The best metrics of child poverty aren't monetary, but rather how often a child is read to or hugged. Or, conversely, how often a child is beaten, how often the home descends into alcohol-fueled fistfights, whether there is lead poisoning, whether ear infections go untreated. That's a poverty that is far harder to escape."
Kristof is saying that child poverty is not about how much or how little the parent's make, but rather about how the child is treated at home and how issues are solved. It does not matter how much money the family makes, as long as the child is well-taken care of. The environment in which the child lives has to be safe and inviting. There cannot be alcohol related fights or dangerous illnesses lurking around. Children who grow up in homes like the quote says are living in poverty. Children who grow up in homes completely different from what the quote says are not living in poverty.

Money does not necessarily mean poverty.
"'Rich kids make a lot of bad choices,' Professor Reardon notes. 'They just don't come with the same sort of consequences.'"
It does not matter what type of economic background you come from because as kids, we all make mistakes, but the consequences are much different. Of course the more money you have, the lesser consequence you have, especially if the parents are well-known. Families that are not well-off financially tend to have different consequences because they do not have the same benefits. It is completely true that rich children are better off. An example of this in Rhode Island is when Gov. Lincoln Chafee's son, Caleb Chafee, hosted a graduation party that served alcohol and sent one woman to the hospital. Because Caleb is Chafee's son, he only had to do community service and pay a fine. Basically a slap on the wrist for what he did.

Questions/Comments/Points to Share:
You do not need to be categorized by what your family makes or by how you are treated at home. As long as people try, they can be anything they want to be. Just because your parents have fights after they drink does not mean that when you grow up, you will do the same. You can see that it is bad and change it in your life. You are in control of your life and your parents' income should not reflect your future. I do not understand why this is still an issue today.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

About Me

My family is very important to me. My parents are so supportive of all my decisions and come to all my events.

Honors Night 2015 at my high school.

I am an only child, but my family is huge with all the aunts, uncles, and cousins. We are basically one big crazy, silly, rambunctious, country redneck family split up in 4 states (Florida, South Carolina, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire). We all love country music and the farms and other redneck ways we have...someday I hope to live in South Carolina or Florida to be closer to the rest of my family, plus I just absolutely love the South.

My cousins are like sisters to me...we are all extremely close. This pic is of all the closest cousins from this summer.

Kendra (15), me (18), Taylor (15), Karissa (16), Katerina (18)

I was able to go to Florida this summer, just me and Katerina, for our graduation gift. We are the closest out of everyone. We spent one day paddle boarding 5 very long miles...but it was totally worth it. We are practically inseparable when we are together!

Kat and I when we were probably 5

Kat and I at her college, University of Southern Florida
 I would love to transfer there one day but RIC is definitely the school to be at
for a degree in teaching....

A huge rainstorm ruined our first day at the beach and Kat was freaking out about the first beach day (out of like 10) being ruined. The sunset the next night made up for it though!

Of course after all that summer fun, work started up again. I usually babysit and tutor until I got a job at a day care facility down the road from my house which ended up being perfect. The girls I work with either graduated from RIC or I went to high school with so we are also one big "work family". I work between two rooms, the infant room (newborn to about 10 or 11 months old) and the transitional room (up to 18 months old). There is never a dull moment in those rooms, but I absolutely love working there!