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Old 10-22-2014, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Northern Ireland
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Yes I have noticed this. In school they aren't motivated.
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Old 10-24-2014, 10:47 AM
 
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I have taught in both rich and poor areas.

When poor kids are bad, it's usually because they come from broken homes, drunken parents, abuse, etc.

When rich kids are bad, it's usually because they're spoiled rotten brats who have gotten everything they've ever wanted, except decent parenting.

I knew that neither of these groups were happy, but the bad poor kids were too vulnerable to dislike... they also tended to respect you if you showed you understood and were a little tough with them. They were a little coarse, but they always had community and I have to admit, they were the underdogs and I've always had a soft spot for the underdog... doesn't everyone?

The bad rich kids on the other hand, embodied pretty much everything I hate about the human race. They were demanding, selfish, rude, and they had zero incentive to change their attitudes. It was even worse when they were also good enough to pass the tests and such. They were probably going to bully their way through life, getting everything they want while making everyone around them utterly miserable.

I seriously cannot think of anything worse than living a life where you are not required to improve yourself because everything will always be handed to you or easily earned, and you are rewarded for being cruel and selfish.

I would gladly work with the poor in a heartbeat, but never ever ever again work anywhere near the rich.
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Old 10-24-2014, 05:20 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I went back home this weekend where most of the people are poor and have noticed that many of the poorest people often have the most negative and sour attitudes around! Have you ever noticed this?
I've definitely noticed this.
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Old 10-25-2014, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Syracuse IS Central New York.
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No. It really varies on the individual. What matters if you have a sense of grace about you. No correlation to socioeconomic status.
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Old 10-25-2014, 12:51 PM
 
Location: sumter
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Some of the nastiest attitude I have ever seen was from those with money, and people in high positions. I have seen many rich kids with really bad attitudes and no respect. Yeah, some poor people can have bad attitude, I have met a few of them also.
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Old 10-25-2014, 01:32 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I have seen bad attitudes as described here from the rich as well. That's why I prefer good, hard working, middle class people.
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Old 10-25-2014, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Anyone can have a bad attitude. But don't the often sour attitudes of the poor keep them from rising above their situation? As someone from Appalachia, I know abject poverty, and this mindset keeps people in poverty.
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Old 10-25-2014, 08:36 PM
 
Location: sumter
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I've seen some pretty happy poor people in my day and I was one of them growing up as a child in the deep south. We were happy children and thought we were living the life until we got grown, then we realized our situation. Our parents were happy loving people as well and so was everybody in our neighborhood. Perhaps it is a local or a regional attitude of the people there. But, I do understand your point of view and I would say that's not always the case everywhere. Most of us from that old neighborhood went on to do pretty good in life and far better off than our parents were at the time.
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