“The terrible loneliness of growing up poor in Robert Putnam’s America” – The Washington Post

“Life is not something you do, it’s something you endure.”

SWARTHMORE, Pa. — “Robert Putnam wants a show of hands of everyone in the room with a parent who graduated from college. In a packed Swarthmore College auditorium where the students have spilled onto the floor next to their backpacks, about 200 arms rise.

“‘Whenever I say “rich kids,” think you,’ Putnam says. ‘And me. And my offspring.’

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“The Harvard political scientist, famous for his book “Bowling Alone” that warned of the decline of American community, has returned to his alma mater to talk, this time, about inequality. Not between the 99 percent and the 1 percent, but between two groups that have also fallen further apart: children born to educated parents who are more likely to read to them as babies, to drive them to dance class, to nudge them into college themselves — and children whose parents live at the edge of economic survival.”

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