what were the situations that Ruth put more effort with her children?
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"Ruth McBride taught her children, firmly convinced that life's blessings and life's values transcend race. Twice widowed, and continually confronting overwhelming adversity and racism, Ruth's determination, drive and discipline saw her dozen children through college--and most through graduate school. At age 65, she herself received a degree in social work from Temple University." (1)
"Ruth always sent her children to the best schools, no matter the commute, to ensure they received the finest possible educations. She demanded respect and hard work from her children, and always treated them tenderly. She had an unwavering faith in God and strong moral convictions. To Ruth, issues of race and identity took secondary importance to moral beliefs." (2)
A Polish Jewish immigrant, she is spiritual, intelligent, determined, practical, and brave. She stresses the importance of work, school, and God. (3)
(1) http://www.bookbrowse.com/reviews/index.cfm/book_number/373/The-Color-of-Water (2) http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/colorofwater/summary.html (3) http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/colorofwater/characters.html