Natures' curriculum cannot be changed.
My parents were determined to move into the middle class.
I read everything: fiction, history, science, mathematics, biography, travel.
My parents regarded school teachers as higher beings, as did many immigrants.
As Jews, their families left Russia to escape the poverty and the antisemitism.
Naturally, I have compensated in my adult years by owning very large numbers of books.
I was also interested in chemistry, but my parents were not willing to buy me a chemistry set.
It was good fortune to be a child during the Depression years and a youth during the war years.
Going to school and working for good marks, indeed working for very good marks, was a serious business.
About 1900 my parents came to the United States as children from what was then the Polish area of Russia.