Opportunity is all parents (or anyone else) can give a child. My mother had a couple of years more education than my father, who had a 7th grade education. They desperately wanted their three sons to get an education and have a better life. I was the first in my family to graduate from HS and after 15 years of night school and weekends got a bachelors degree in the military while rising to the rank of Lt Colonel. My first brother graduated HS, enlisted in the Navy and due to his miscondut with women while young, retired as an Petty Officer 2nd Cl (In spite of all the promotions in VN. The youngest followed the path of your sister. Opportunity is all you can give them, the rest is up to the individual finding the fire in the gut.