Lunch Break Read: You Don’t Need a Ph.D. to Help Your Child Get an Education

Thomas Sowell

While you are taking a lunch break today, be sure to wish a respected conservative thought leader, Thomas Sowell, a happy belated 85th birthday and read his latest commentary in National Review, titled, “You Don’t Need a Ph.D. to Help Your Child Get an Education.” It’s an important reminder that nobody has to be a victim of their circumstances, and that empowerment starts in the home, not in a city hall.

Here is a quick preview:

After my 85th birthday last week, I looked back over my life and was surprised to discover in how many different ways I had been lucky, in addition to some other ways in which I was unlucky. Among the things I did not know at the time was that I was adopted as an infant into a family with four adults, in which I was the only child.

All sorts of research since then has shown how the amount of attention and interactions with adults a child gets has a lot to do with the way the child develops. But of course I knew nothing about such things back then. It was decades later, when I had a son of my own, that I asked one of the surviving members of the family how old I was when I first started to walk. She said, “Oh, Tommy, nobody knows when you could walk. Somebody was always carrying you.”

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Many times over the years, she liked to recall an incident when I was maybe three or four years old. She had taken me somewhere out of the neighborhood, maybe to a movie, and all was fine until we got back in sight of our home. That was when I picked up some rocks and started throwing them at her.

Read more at National Review here.