The very definition of poverty is to be lacking the money to cover the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and healthcare. If you can't do that, how can you choose to spend money to start a business?
A dad who just rode three buses to put in a job application, only to be told the position is filled, might not be in a cuddly mood. A mother suffering with a toothache because she can't afford to go to the dentist is less likely to take a child in her lap and read aloud.
Because evaluating teachers using student achievement scores is here to stay, it's in teachers' interests to argue for better measures of achievement. We need better ways of assessing the value that teachers add to the lives of the children they teach, beyond test scores.
Nicholas Kristof had an interesting column about liberals, conservatives, and brain wiring. Unfortunately, he misunderstands the idea of "hard wiring," taking this to mean that liberals and conservatives are "born that way."