“We can no longer just tell children raised poor to study harder.”

Inequality Begins at Birth [NYRB]

Inequality in America begins at birth, or, for those born to women who are ill during pregnancy or do not have adequate prenatal care, even before. Through no fault of their own, up to one quarter of American children start off well behind, and another quarter live in families that earn only twice the poverty line—about $48,000 a year for a family of four. Armed with the unambiguous findings of twenty-first-century neuroscience, we can no longer just tell children raised poor to study harder and find jobs as they grow up.

This Jeff Madrick essay on inequality is profound. I urge you to read it (and re-read) twice.