Cynthia M. Allen refers to opportunity as if some law requires it to knock on all doors.
I submit that opportunity only visits those who are prepared to embrace it. One does not become an NFL running back by sitting on his buns all day. One does not become a neurosurgeon by simply wishing he knew more biology.
Children cannot know this intuitively. Parents (plural) are responsible for creating the drive for success in their children.
“Poverty of parenting” is a more meaningful phrase to use in this discussion.
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One-parent homes, homes that participate in unlawful activities, homes where physical violence is common and homes where discipline of mind and body are missing seldom produce opportunities for their children.
There is not a schoolteacher anywhere who would refuse to teach a child. They try, but they can only work with the minds and attitudes they receive.
— Winston Barney, Fort Worth