Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2000 08:06:34 -0500
From: "Mike Hammett" <webmasternopsametworking.com>
Subject: Re: "White Trash"


yeah, I agree with that whole heartedly, although, I am a little farm boy that is rather smart myself (I thought my high-school physics class wasn't a challenge (along with the advanced into to Chemistry). -- Mike Hammett CAM Internetworking <watcher_2000nopsameja.com> wrote in message news:8nsk4l$s72$1nopsam1.deja.com... > I especially liked the accompanying photograph which showed her light > hair in braids, her light eyes clearly evident, and her dress complete > with head scarf which gives her the likeness of "Heidi". She would look > at home skipping through the Alps. > I thought it interesting that poor, working class White folks from the > often disparaged "trailer park" could produce such a child while the > whole of the black race-including those who are well off-can not. > > > > In article <8nq3ns$vn5$1nopsam1.deja.com>, > watcher_2000nopsameja.com wrote: > > In article <20000819201549.24048.00000550nopsamu1.aol.com>, > > connmoorenopsamcom (ConnMoore) wrote: > > Straight from the trailer park. Perhaps I should have made the heading > > "Trailer Trash"? > > From the Saturday, August 19th 2000 Los Angeles Times, Valley Edition, > > section B, page 10: > > > > She's Only 14, but > > More Than Ready to > > Hit the College Books > > By MATTHEW EBNET > > TIMES STAFF WRITER > > > > FULLERTON-The mother and daughter sit not two feet apart at a table at > > Cal > > State Fullerton, and it's clear the two still live in vastly different > > worlds. > > It is more than a generation gap. The mother, a waitress, is 35, and > the > > daughter, a genius, is 14. But today the two somehow are closer than > > ever, > > partly because the high-school-educated mother perused her daughter's > > textbooks for the first time, but mostly because it's the day they've > > come > > to Orange County to put a little girl from Idyllwild in college. > > Shawna Carlson on Tuesday will become the youngest person ever to > > attend Cal > > State Fullerton full time. To boot, she's entering as a junior and > > taking > > five classes, one more than a full load. > > "She was my first child," said Cheryl Carlson, Shawna's mother. "I > > thought > > it was normal . . . how smart she was, how she was walking when she > was > > 7 > > months . . . It took a while to realize what we were dealing with. But > > here > > we are." > > Shawna, who uses phrases such as "layered contextual stuff" and out of > > boredom slept through classes at Mt. San Jacinto College, where she > got > > her > > associate degree this year in social behavioral studies, will continue > > to > > live with her parents in a mobile home in the Riverside County > mountain > > community of Idyllwild. But three days a week, she'll live with her > > grandmother in Fullerton, taking classes two days and studying on the > > other. > > Does she have trepidation about attending a four-year school? > > "When I was [in community college] I didn't really understand > pressures > > or > > that I was different from other people in class. I was studying. I > don't > > feel any pressure now." Shawna said she might not be old enough to > > understand the pressures of being so young at a university. All the > > better, > > she said. "I'm here for the teachers." > > Shawna defies stereotypes. She is not a geek; friends come to her > > birthday > > parties. She fights with her two younger sisters over compact discs. > > It's hard to tell when folks realized Shawna's mind contained such > > multitudes. It could have been when she walked before crawling. Or > when > > she > > began reading adult books at 4. Or when she balanced the family's > > finances > > before she was 10. But her mother figures the realization might have > > come > > the day Shawna was reading some fat book on the couch. "I couldn't go > > near > > her. She was in another world. She was 7." > > > > Wants to Pursue > > a Career in Law > > > > Shawna has read George Orwell's "1984" 10 times. She read "War and > > Peace" > > twice, but the book bored her. For a while, computers tweaked her > mind. > > Her > > job last summer was to help an Idyllwild man build Web sites and > > computers. > > She built a PC from scratch. But that eventually bored her, too. She > > didn't > > want "a life in a cubicle behind a computer. Ugh." > > And so she wants to become a lawyer. She's majoring in political > > science and > > political justice, and wants to be a criminal prosecutor. > > But with her brains, why Cal State Fullerton and not Harvard or UCLA? > > Cheryl Carlson and her 39-year-old husband Doug, a roofer, simply > don't > > want > > their daughter that far away, or in a town without relatives, or in a > > city > > whose harshness would break a small-town girl. > > Beyond that, the parents say, they weren't aware of scholarships and > > grants > > that could help her. > > Shawna's parents are paying for her education and saving to give her a > > laptop, something she's wanted since she was 7. > > > > Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/ > > Before you buy. > > > > > Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/ > Before you buy.

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