It’s high time we put the most enduring myths about human behavior to bed, and see the mind—and the world—as it is.
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It means admitting our current policies have failed. I think we must acknowledge that the playing field will never be 100% equal. That is a pipe dream. There is a place to start that has been proven over and over: two parent families. I don't care what they look like, but kids of single parents do worse. That is an undeniable fact. So encourage marriage before having kids. That alone will start to level the playing field. Remove the social support for single parenthood. As they say, if you tax something, you get less of it, if you subsidize something, you get more of it. Let's tax single parenthood and subsidize marriage. If you are serious about helping kids, it will do more than pouring more money into schools. Look at the data on per capita educational spending vs student achievement and the data on the effect of a stable married environment on academic and social success. Does this idea make you uneasy for political reasons? Then you are part of the problem. The date is undeniable.
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