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From the Ted Talk by J.D. Vance: America's forgotten working class

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So why is that happening? So one reason is obviously economic or __________. So you think of these areas. They're beset by these terrible economic trends, built around industries like coal and _____ that make it harder for folks to get ahead. That's certainly one problem. There's also the problem of brain _____, where the really ________ people, because they can't find high-skilled work at home, end up moving elsewhere, so they don't _____ a business or non-profit where they're from, they end up going elsewhere and taking their talents with them. There are _______ schools in a lot of these ___________, failing to give kids the educational leg up that really makes it possible for kids to have opportunities later in life. These things are all important. I don't mean to ________ these structural barriers. But when I look back at my life and my community, something else was going on, something else mattered. It's difficult to quantify, but it was no less real.

Solution

  1. drain
  2. build
  3. communities
  4. structural
  5. discount
  6. steel
  7. failing
  8. talented

Original Text

So why is that happening? So one reason is obviously economic or structural. So you think of these areas. They're beset by these terrible economic trends, built around industries like coal and steel that make it harder for folks to get ahead. That's certainly one problem. There's also the problem of brain drain, where the really talented people, because they can't find high-skilled work at home, end up moving elsewhere, so they don't build a business or non-profit where they're from, they end up going elsewhere and taking their talents with them. There are failing schools in a lot of these communities, failing to give kids the educational leg up that really makes it possible for kids to have opportunities later in life. These things are all important. I don't mean to discount these structural barriers. But when I look back at my life and my community, something else was going on, something else mattered. It's difficult to quantify, but it was no less real.

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