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The Opportunity Gap

Published: Monday, July 16 2012 5:32 p.m. MDT

Our take: Our country is divided on many levels: religion, race, socio-economic status, etc. In this article by David Brooks, certain divisions of society are forecast to only to widen in the future, especially in regard to equal opportunities for individuals from different economic quartiles.

While most studies look at inequality of outcomes among adults and help us understand how America is coming apart, Putnam's group looked at inequality of opportunities among children. They help us understand what the country will look like in the decades ahead. The quick answer? More divided than ever.

A generation ago, working-class parents spent slightly more time with their kids than college-educated parents. Now college-educated parents spend an hour more every day. This attention gap is largest in the first three years of life when it is most important.

Read more about Opportunity gaps on The New York Times.

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