kids have to be TAUGHT work ethic and BELIEF IN EDUCATION. The South is a perfect example where one was taught at the detriment of the other.
if their parents are unwilling or incapable of teaching them these values it is NECESSARY that society teach them these things. Schools are the best place to start.
this kinda goes along with a book i have been reading called Bowling Alone. A VERY comprehensive study of the break down of community in the US. its become more and more rare where there are neighborhoods where the kids go to the same school.
i could go on and on but wont. i agree, those that dont really get support at home should have a haven at school and their neighborhood to rise above.