My blog is all about free things you can use with your students, but occasionally I veer as in posting about my own new book. But for year I have asked the students who do poorly in my classes why they don't care in an effort to better serve them. The answer is always the same "I don't know." Well, now I have a great answer after reading Robert Putnam's new book, Our Kids which argues that we have created two Americas - those in the middle upper class and above and the rest. He shows, using lots of statistics, but also anecdotal stories, that members of the lower classes are much more likely to have little or no college, more likely to divorce, be a member of far fewer extracurricular activities, be more likely to go to a school with fewer AP/IB classes, and on and on. He makes a strong argument (and we have heard this before) that the first three years are essential to the life development. He builds a case that fifty years ago it was much easier for someone to "rise up," but today that is much harder today.