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Old 04-02-2007, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by cooperwx View Post
Sad that "economically disadvantaged" implies "mediocre school."

It is true that parents with multiple jobs often have less time to push their children academically. I guess that's where the correlation comes in?
Poor families are typically financially and socially unsuccessful. Whether they're good people or not, those families are less likely to pass on successful social and financial skills to their children. So.. if your kids are going to school with poor kids, then they are picking up the habits and manners of their peers. Maybe that isn't politically correct, but I'd be far more concerned with the economic makeup of a school's student body than anything else. It doesn't matter if the school administration are a bunch of miracle workers.

But getting back on the subject...
I'm sure those "yes ma'ams" and "yes sirs" may seem impressive to a parent from another part of the country, but don't assume that makes them a good kid. There are plenty of sly kids out there that can get out of trouble by a few well-placed yes sir/ma'ams - I know because I was one of them!

Also, many (local) people will assume that if a kid (i.e. your kid) doesn't have those manners, then he 'had a poor upbringing'. It's sort of a social pressure thing. Just something to be aware of.
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Old 04-02-2007, 12:32 PM
Location: Boston, MA
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Your post is so encouraging. I was thinking of moving to NC because i'm sick of long winters and "big city" life. I am looking for somewhere with nice people and a better climate. Thanks!
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:15 PM
Location: Greenville, NC
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Originally Posted by anonymous
Poor families are typically financially and socially unsuccessful.
I'm probably going to get WAY off topic here but when a thought strikes me....

I have never thought of a person's social skills as being a factor in financial success. Now that you mention it there are a few people that I've met here that are finacially challenged and when I asked them what they did for entertainment or what sort of friends they had they pretty much always replied that they had none.

I am a guy who likes to network with my peers a lot and while I'm certainly not rich, I've done okay thus far. I have got to get out more. I've spent way too much time working on this house since we moved here.
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Old 04-02-2007, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by jensen beach gal View Post
Robin I have to ask what area you in?? Took these kids a long time to get past my sons surfer boy look! teased constantly because he doesn't have that redneck look-sorry i just am not impressed with this area on so many levels-where are you? Maybe if i moved to the coast?? Or Western Carolina?
I'm not that far from you - I live just northwest of Goldsboro, between Goldsboro and Pikeville. I think one reason my son hasn't had any problem fitting in is because we purposefully bought a house in an area our realtor told us had a lot of Air Force families, so they've lived all over the place. He is really into BMX bike riding and skateboarding, and just today he met a couple kids in our neighborhood that are also into skateboarding. I had a great realtor and she strongly advised us to stay away from certain school districts unless my son was into 4H. Nothing at all wrong with that, but it's just not him.
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