1) Why would a family choose to live in Stevenson's district? The taxes here are far and above that of surrounding areas. For example, a $649,000 house in Long Grove might have to pay $16,000 per year in real estate taxes plus $1200/year in home owner association fees such as this house:
2) Try to objectively look back at your family's rise in social class and see the dynamic that fueled it. Did your parents value education? Why? Where did that value come from? What if your parents were born into a house where they were told that school was never going to help them? Did your parents have parents at home to help them? What if one of their parents was incarcerated for most of their life? What if their parent was addicted to drugs? Were your parents raised in a neighborhood in which they were subjected to violence? Did they ever know someone close to them who was murdered? How might the daily threat of violence affect them growing up? How would they be shaped if they were forced to belong to a gang simply because of where their neighborhood is located?