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Poor kids who do everything right don't do better than rich kids who do everything wrong | Washington Post

socialismartnature:

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. You can see that in the above chart, based on a new paper from Richard Reeves and Isabel Sawhill, presented at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s annual conference, which is underway.

Specifically, rich high school dropouts remain in the top about as much as poor college grads stay stuck in the bottom — 14 versus 16 percent, respectively. Not only that, but these low-income strivers are just as likely to end up in the bottom as these wealthy ne’er-do-wells. Some meritocracy.

What’s going on? Well, it’s all about glass floors and glass ceilings. Rich kids who can go work for the family business — and, in Canada at least, 70 percent of the sons of the top 1 percent do just that — or inherit the family estate don’t need a high school diploma to get ahead. It’s an extreme example of what economists call “opportunity hoarding.” That includes everything from legacy college admissions to unpaid internships that let affluent parents rig the game a little more in their children’s favor.

But even if they didn’t, low-income kids would still have a hard time getting ahead. That’s, in part, because they’re targets for diploma mills that load them up with debt, but not a lot of prospects. And even if they do get a good degree, at least when it comes to black families, they’re more likely to still live in impoverished neighborhoods that keep them disconnected from opportunities.

It’s not quite a heads-I-win, tails-you-lose game where rich kids get better educations, yet still get ahead even if they don’t—but it’s close enough. And if it keeps up, the American Dream will be just that.

(Source: Washington Post)

kellysue:

andtheother:

Very pleased with how my son’s geektastic nursery turned out, so thought I’d make a post about it. When my partner and I first started planning it, we talked about doing a strict superhero theme. That changed during the process of picking the characters that we wanted to hang on the wall. We decided to go with characters we truly love, regardless of the fandom, rather than pick less-beloved characters just for the sake of fitting an artificially-created superhero theme. Thus, we ended up with fabulous drawings of Wonder Woman, the Ninth Doctor, Harry Potter, Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), and Mr. Spock, commissioned from artist Jenny Stead. Jenny did an awesome job, and I highly recommend anyone looking for custom art to hit her up when she has commissions available.

Despite the mix of fandoms, the centerpiece of the room obviously is still superheroic — specifically, the design from Captain Marvel’s new uniform splashed across an entire wall. I couldn’t be happier with how the mural turned out (if you’re in or around Atlanta and need a mural for your home or office, I can’t say enough great things about Mimi’s Murals), and love the Captain Marvel emblem for several reasons.

First, it’s just a really damn cool design. Major props to Jamie McKelvie for turning out yet another flawless character design/re-design (and one that looks fabulous blown up to a 8x15 foot canvas.)

Second, Carol Danvers flat out rocks. I’ve only known Carol for a little while, starting with Kelly Sue DeConnick’s amazingly kickass Captain Marvel run, but in a brief period of time she’s managed to become one of my favorite characters ever.  She’s everything a hero should be: brave, selfless, kind, and loyal — but with enough vulnerability and flaws to make her relatable and courageous and oh-so-very human. I just love her. 

Third, I want my son to grow up knowing that he can, should, and will find women who deserve to be his heroes just as much as any man. Our society persists in sending a message that heroic women make acceptable role models for girls or other women, but not so much for boys or men. It’s bullshit and it needs to change. If creators keep making characters with the heroic spirit, emotional resonance, and all around badassedness of Carol Danvers, I am hopeful that one day it will.

AHHHHHHH!!! So GREAT!

comicsalliance:

COMICS ALLIANCE PRESENTS ‘KATE OR DIE’ AND HALLOWEEN HORRORS
By Kate Leth
Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate anticipates some truly terrifying Halloween horrors.
MORE KATE OR DIE AT COMICS ALLIANCE

comicsalliance:

COMICS ALLIANCE PRESENTS ‘KATE OR DIE’ AND HALLOWEEN HORRORS

By Kate Leth

Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate anticipates some truly terrifying Halloween horrors.


MORE KATE OR DIE AT COMICS ALLIANCE

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Ref abandons match in Peru after 5 players fake injury at the same time

foxsoccer:

There’s poor sportsmanship and then there’s just blatant game manipulation.

The latter appeared to be the case in a Copa Peru semi-final match between Defensor Bolivar and Defensor La Bocana.

According to local media, five players from Defensor Bolivar all feigned injury at the same time in an apparent attempt to get the game — which they were losing 4-1 — abandoned.

The referee had already sent two of Bolivar’s players off and with eight minutes left on the clock, he was forced to call the match. If the five players faking injury had left the field, Bolivar would have only four men on the pitch, and teams are required to field at least seven players.

The second leg of the cup tie is now in doubt and officials are trying to decide how to punish Bolivar. The winner of the series goes on to national competition.

Even better: Defensor La Bocana uploaded video of their opponents’ antics to YouTube. Check it out.

(h/t The Guardian)

mattbors:

The Gay Agenda is Coming For You! Three Kinds of Newsfail.

mattbors:

The Gay Agenda is Coming For You! Three Kinds of Newsfail.

sweetcatastrophex:

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I can’t get over how much I love that there’s just a universally agreed upon strategy among the X-men that is just “throw wolverine at the thing”

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The leaders of the white community need to speak out about the riots at pumpkinfest. This white on white violence needs to be addressed. Savages.

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whitepeoplesaidwhat:

MAYBE if they stopped wearing polos, yoga pants, and Uggs, they would earn our respect during this tragic crime!