Paul Thomas reflects on his father’s life and his own, as he thinks about a commenter who accused him of “hostile” rhetoric.

He quotes a billionaire in Australia who suggests that anyone could be a millionaire if they tried hard enough.

Does he try hard enough? Did his father? Do teachers?

Paul has written in a less than respectful way about reformers who say “poverty is not destiny” as they create “no-excuses” schools to show that they can remold these children and raise them out of poverty.

Paul answers the question: Poverty IS destiny unless we change the facts of poverty.