jason8821 wrote: acrossthelake wrote:
Actually I hear those kind of words in speech with fair regularity. Spend enough time around well-read people and you too will have the vocab of a well-read person.
You hear those words on a fairly regular basis from people who aren't educators? your family and friends? If that's the case I really feel at a loss, and it bolsters any argument that points to environmental as a "very" significant cause. I am lucky to get a "oblivious" or a "Tenacious" within my circle.
Less from family(one parent is ESL), but yeah my friends(same gifted program) were using words of that variety starting in middle school. Yes, environment is very important. It establishes a norm of education level and what to strive towards.
Does the test conclude everything that you have just written, or does it conclude that richer people tend to test better? Richer children might also be worse off. They could live sheltered lives. They could watch TV or play video games instead of reading because the former are more expensive. Poorer people can have better motivation, develop better time management skills (for studying) and whatnot. The biggest advantage rich people have immediately before the LSAT is the amount they can spend on test prep materials.
So....these things are definitely possible for individual examples, so if you grabbed a random rich kid and a random poor kid in off the street, it might fight your description, but if you look at the larger population as a whole, I doubt this. When it comes to academics, I often find it is the rich who have better time management/study skills(at the beg. of college), though motivation might be equal, just because private schools and wealthy public schools tend to have higher academic standards. This is on the whole, though, and there's bound to be exceptions.
Also, rich kids go to public school and state schools as well.