It is still important to keep some things in mind. Who we interact with is just as important as what emotions we engage with on a daily basis. Emotions are the muscles that power these conversations we have with others and ourselves.
From well-paid business executives to low-paid retail workers, everyone I talked with is weighed down by something similar -- the anxiety generated by hard times. Across the class spectrum, we all feel insecure. We just feel it and deal with it in different ways.
My kids and I have a little tradition. We get in the car, put on the clean version of Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" song over the car speakers and sing along, bobbing our heads, while we drive over to our favorite local thrift shop.
Too much homework is a problem, and the fast-approaching Common Core State Standards will probably make that situation worse. But there exist bigger problems in this world, too, and these overarching problems are not unrelated to who's doing how much homework.
Soon, Los Angeles will be like New York or San Francisco where it will be almost impossible for working-class people to buy a home anywhere in the city, and they have to come in from places like Riverside or Palmdale.
The notion that the economic benefits flowing to a wealthy class will "trickle-down" is a non-sensible theory and only results in "trickle" menial, low-pay jobs, private charity, and public taxpayer-supported welfare, in plain view and disguised.