12 And the people began to be distinguished by ranks, according to their riches and their chances for learning; yea, some were ignorant because of their poverty, and others did receive great learning because of their riches.
(3 Nephi 6:12)
This is how poverty perpetuates itself across generations. Not only do wealthy children have access to better schools than their poor counterparts, but they also have superior informal educational opportunities, including introductions to community leaders and the ability to travel.
How can we break this cycle? We must be willing to build friendships across class boundaries. We must work together to provide the best possible education for all of our children. The unity of our society is at stake. Permanent class distinctions do not serve us well.