Nate G. Hilger – Author of “The Parent Trap: How to Stop Overloading Parents and Fix Our Inequality Crisis”

Unpacking Inequality: A Conversation with Nate G. Hilger on “The Parent Trap”

Mike interviews Nate G. Hilger.

Today, we’re diving deep into a pressing issue that affects us all—inequality in our education system. We had the pleasure of talking with Nate G. Hilger, author of “The Parent Trap: How to Stop Overloading Parents and Fix Our Inequality Crisis,” he shared some eye-opening insights that will get you thinking. Nate’s book isn’t just a read; it’s a revelation. He doesn’t pull any punches when addressing the flaws in our K-12 education system and the broader societal issues that contribute to inequality.


Many of us have been through the public school system and had vastly different experiences. Some teachers are genuinely inspiring, pushing us to think independently and creatively. But let’s be honest—some teachers are just there to collect a paycheck. Nate mentioned a book called “How the Other Half Learns,” which talks about the “give a shit” factor in teachers. Some have it, some don’t. And that’s a big part of the problem.

Nate doesn’t believe there’s a conspiracy to dumb down American children, but he does think we need to acknowledge the systemic issues. He argues that the public school system isn’t inherently wrong but is a mixed bag, especially in under-resourced communities. He believes that teachers in these areas are often unfairly blamed when the real issue is the lack of opportunities and resources for the kids before they even enter the classroom.

We can’t ignore the role of family and community in a child’s development. Nate pointed out that kids from lower-income families often start school behind their peers. This isn’t because their parents don’t care—it’s because they’re dealing with a host of other issues like financial stress, mental health problems, and more. When these kids enter school, teachers have an almost impossible job catching them up.

This is where Nate’s idea of “family care” comes in. He envisions a system where we invest heavily in the early years of a child’s life, similar to how we invest in the elderly through Social Security and Medicare. Imagine if every child had access to high-quality childcare, extracurricular activities, and tutoring. It would level the playing field and give every kid a fighting chance.

Think like an entrepreneur. There’s power in individual responsibility and the pursuit of financial freedom. We found some common ground here. He acknowledges that fostering an entrepreneurial mindset is essential. However, he argues that many kids can’t even begin to think about entrepreneurship because they lack the basic skills and resources.

He believes that we need to build a strong foundation first. That means investing in education, healthcare, and community resources to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed. Once we do that, we can teach kids about entrepreneurship and financial independence. It’s about giving them the tools they need to thrive.

Nate’s book, “The Parent Trap,” isn’t just about fixing the education system—it’s about addressing the broader issue of inequality in our society. He argues for substantial public investments in children’s development, particularly in under-resourced communities. This isn’t about big government taking over; it’s about empowering local communities and giving them the resources to support their kids.

Mike Fallat and Nate G. Hilger talk about the book The Parent Trap: How to Stop Overloading Parents and Fix Our Inequality Crisis.

He parallels Social Security and Medicare, which have significantly reduced poverty and improved healthcare for the elderly. Nate believes we need a similar approach for our children. It’s a bold vision that could pay off in the long run by creating a more equitable society.

We encourage you to check out Nate’s book, “The Parent Trap: How to Stop Overloading Parents and Fix Our Inequality Crisis.” It’s a compelling read that challenges us to think differently about supporting our kids and addressing inequality. While Nate and I may not agree on everything, we share a passion for solving these complex issues.

Remember, it’s about creating a world where every child has the opportunity to succeed. Whether through public investments or fostering an entrepreneurial mindset, we all have a role to play. So let’s get out there, make a difference, and never say die!

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Mike Fallat, aka The BookMan, is the owner of Dreamstarters Publishing and the Million Dollar Book Agency. They have helped 300+ entrepreneurs become bestselling authors. His goal is to help 1,000 entrepreneurs publish books and teach them how to use their books as a gateway to generating 7-figures.

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