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Thursday, 28 July 2016 13:42

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People who are well educated
usually have fewer children.
Poorer people typically have larger
families, because they feel that
their family is their wealth, or because
their social economic position
limits their chances of success,
so they feel the need to improve
their odds by having more children.
Unless there are social
economic changes, the continued
growth of this trend could present
problems.
You can chalk it up to white
people being able to do this because
of their white privilege, but
there is more to it than that.
Many of these white people
have roots back to the influx of
poor and uneducated European immigrants
of the late 19th and early
20th century. Those new immigrants
typically arrived here and
created large families, that resulted
in a high poverty rate which leaded
to more poor children, which led to
more big families etc etc.
It took a mix of events to
turn that tide. First they noticed
wealthier families were having
fewer children but those children
were more successful. Since these
large families were trapped in a
cycle of lower income, they
seemed to not be able to break into
the demographic of those more affluent
and educated people.
The reason was that smaller families
meant that school classrooms
were less crowded.
Parents with fewer children
could put more focus on the performance
of each child, that created
a situation where classrooms
were filled with a higher percentage
of driven children and the
schools performed better, further
improving the education those children
recieved.
It wasn't really until the
post war economic boom that the
decendants of those European immigrants
turned this situation
around.
The baby boom wasn't
about people having larger families,
it was about the number of
children from the pre-war “large”
families now being of child bearing
age. The overall economic boom
set the stage for the new boomer
generation to enter into a more advantaged
demographic they formerly
weren't able to fit into.
Today a high percentage of
minority families are stuck at that
lower income level and are continuing
to use (I hate to say it) the
"quantity over quality" approach.
Not saying that they as humans are
inferior, just that their approach is
keeping them in their current social
economic situation.
Helping these minority
families lift themselves out of
poverty will only have the maximum
effect if they can limit their
family size so that they can better
focus on each child they have.
This isn't about lazy parents,
it is just the opposite, it is
about parents who become overburdened
by the physical and economic
situation caused by their
large family and end up needing to
work more hours.
It usually results in families
that not only require 2 incomes, but
those 2 incomes are from parents
who are extremely overworked.
The overworked parents can't put
the needed effort into maximizing
their children's potential. Large
groups of these children end up
sharing the same schools, these
schools end up being overcrowded,
filled with children that aren't getting
the support that they need at
home.
Some may view this as a
racist view, but it really isn't about
one race of human beings not having
the potential of another.
The situation is about the
perpetuation of a practice and
mindset that had already proven to
fail lower educated white imagrants
a century ago,which is now
being followed by a new generation
of people.
Slowly minority people are
beginning to break this cycle. I
work in poor, mostly minority
neighborhoods and see them struggling
to do so every day, these
communities have a long way to go
before they change the tide.
This is all the opinion
of a middle aged “privelaged”
white guy who works in the dark
underworld of poop covered utility
cables for a company that is staffed
by a high percentage of minorities
who are working hard to break that
old mold.

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