WHY THOSE NONCOGNITIVE SKILLS MATTER. Laura at 11-D has neighbors in difficult circumstances.
Even though they weren't a happy couple, happy relationships are a luxury for the middle class. The state should have helped them stay together for financial reasons. Because the state didn't step in earlier, now they have a bigger mess on their hands.
Might something have gone wrong in the government schools, or in the broader culture, to transform happy relationships from something people could aspire to into "a luxury for the middle class?"

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