An article in the Washington Post last week posed the question “What shapes a kid’s opportunities” and the answer came from a Brandeis University study which looked at data collected from 72,000 census tracts formulating the finished product known as the Child Opportunity Index.
Many who support the opportunities and policy improvements to level the playing field for a child in his or her first 1000 days are well aware of the data behind the research. Economic success is influenced by who a child has around him each and every day. Not just the parents, but the other adults and their barriers to opportunity.
What is most telling about this article though, are the reader comments. Everything from these situations being a “Democratically engineered ploy” to “people need to exercise their rights and just move somewhere else.” A sad reflection on what is a consistent thread in American thought on poverty, opportunity ( or lack there of) and how this cycle, involving children, is all just a simple problem with even simpler solutions.