Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong

Photo: Brookie (CC)

Photo: Brookie (CC)

Following on the heels of its story that sex is only for rich people, the Washington Post now claims that rich kids can do everything wrong and still beat conscientious poor kids:

America is the land of opportunity, just for some more than others.

That’s because, in large part, inequality starts in the crib. Rich parents can afford to spend more time and money on their kids, and that gap has only grown the past few decades. Indeed, economists Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane calculate that, between 1972 and 2006, high-income parents increased their spending on “enrichment activities” for their children by 151 percent in inflation-adjusted terms, compared to 57 percent for low-income parents.

But, of course, it’s not just a matter of dollars and cents. It’s also a matter of letters and words. Affluent parents talk to their kids three more hours a week on average than poor parents, which is critical during a child’s formative early years. That’s why, as Stanford professor Sean Reardon explains, “rich students are increasingly entering kindergarten much better prepared to succeed in school than middle-class students,” and they’re staying that way.

It’s an educational arms race that’s leaving many kids far, far behind.

It’s depressing, but not nearly so much as this:

Even poor kids who do everything right don’t do much better than rich kids who do everything wrong. Advantages and disadvantages, in other words, tend to perpetuate themselves…

[continues at the Washington Post]


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  • BuzzCoastin

    Advantages and disadvantages, in other words, tend to perpetuate themselves…

    this is an effect of money technology
    which tends to aggregate and distribute resources dispropotionately
    with the most resources accuring to the fewest
    and the least accruing to the many

    it’s been a consequence of money since money was created
    yet everyone focuses on the effects
    and can’t seem to see the cause

    why is the Wash Post concerned?
    Bezos needs more Amazonian Primes

  • Chaos_Dynamics

    Need of the many over greed of the few.

  • comment

    I’ve said this before, but here we go again. Why do we need a study to understand this?

    • Prince Puffin

      We don’t need a study to understand this. People with critical thinking skills understand this intuitively. We need studies to convince the material reductionists who don’t believe anything unless there is a study; the people who refuse to believe privilege exists. These are the kind of articles I share with my southern friends.

  • Mr B

    ‘Rich parents can afford to spend more time and money on their kids, and …’

    Poor parents throw their money at multi-millionaire sports stars.

    • zonmoy

      how can they throw money they dont have at them.

      • Mr B

        Payday loans.

    • kowalityjesus

      Honestly, I know a lot of working class people who can’t spend shit for time with their kids because they work too much to support them.

      • Mr B
        • kowalityjesus

          Yeah, this is tragically true. That’s why the middle class kicks ass, because it’s comfortable enough to not foster this by-any-means-necessary hunger for/flaunting of opulence, but it also tends not to retard an individual’s internal fire from pampering.
          But my brother is so overworked with just two kids, and his wife works as well. They are really working class, and they don’t idolize this nonsense, but my sister-in-law gets all these gee-golly ideas in her head from somewhere, probably TV.

  • sgtdoom

    Well, of course, look at George W. Bush and his fabricated military record (p. 44 of Kevin Philips’ American Dynasty where it is clearly shown that Bush attended ENLISTED basic trainging, then miraculously was given officer rank, and although never attending officers’ training nor flight school, was carried on ANG rosters as a jet pilot?????

    Then you have Joe Biden’s son, who was given several exemptions to be allowed a cush job with the US Naval Reserve (public affairs officer, so he didn’t have to go through any real military training): (1) exemption for being too old; and, (2) exemption for past dopehead behavior.
    Of course, Hunter Biden blew it anyway, flunking the drug tests and testing positive for cocaine.

    So draft-dodging, college plaigerizing, Joe Biden’s son is a dopehead?

    Big shocker . . .

    • kowalityjesus

      That doesn’t surprise me. Ill-begotten gains are usually a curse unless they are unloaded, of course its just speculation because I have no idea if Biden’s family gains were ill-begotten or not.

      • sgtdoom

        During my time in the USAF, I never came into contact with ANYONE who went through flight school with George Weasel Bush, so unless you can provide a name and deposition, I stand by the facts!

        (Although I did come into contact with several lifers who went through Russian language school with Lee Oswald at the Defense Language Institute at Monterey.)

    • Teacher_in_Tejas

      Don’t know where you got your Bush information, but he actually trained and flew a jet fighter! Something I am sure you certainly lack the requisite descended male genitalia to do!

      • LubecLou

        And then was grounded by his flight surgeon for refusing the required physical that would have revealed his cocaine addiction. After grounding, he failed to report for any duty whatsoever over the last two years of his mandated service.

  • zonmoy

    ought to be prison cells for every rich punk, we can release some pot smokers to make room in the highest security prisons for all the rich scum.

    • kowalityjesus

      don’t be classist, there are a lot of fuckin cool rich people

      • zonmoy

        yeah right.

        • kowalityjesus


          • zonmoy

            you looking in a mirror.

          • kowalityjesus

            “I’m rubber you’re glue…”