Too true, too true!
I appreciate the sentiment, but I don’t know how much I agree with this statement. Specifically about income. “Success” in this context is not a measure of intelligence or potential, but a measure of the quantity and quality of assignments turned in, the ability to be consistently present in class, the time to devote to the school community, etc.
A fabulous person standing in the front of the classroom can earn a student’s respect, can encourage that student to the best of his/her ability, can accept that student for all that is offered, but it can’t help a student not fall asleep in class, because her family has to share a noisy apartment with far too many people. It can’t help a student find time to do his homework because his parents work all hours and he’s responsible for his younger siblings. Their homework takes precedence [and everything else].