When I was 8 years old, my father explained to me the secret to American prosperity. Immigrants come to the United States and take menial jobs so that their children have a chance at a better future, he told me.
While the jobs they take are below their intrinsic capabilities, they’re focused on giving their children a better life, not personal job satisfaction. Second-generation children, seeing how hard their parents work to give them an opportunity, in turn work hard at school, where, he noted, they often focus on mathematics and science in pursuit of the economic returns promised by careers in engineering and medicine. Third-generation kids … more