Nanny staters find a new cause on the 'inequality' front

Thomas Lifson
Here comes another excuse for the government to take over child-rearing responsibilities from parents. All in the name of the best of intentions.  NPR (who else?) reports on the "word gap": In the early 1990s, a team of researchers decided to follow about 40 volunteer families - some poor, some middle class, some rich - during the first three years of their new children's lives. Every month, the researchers recorded an hour of sound from the families' homes. Later in the lab, the team listened back and painstakingly tallied up the total number of words spoken in each household. What they found came to be known as the "word gap." It turned out, by the age of 3, children born into low-income families heard roughly 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers. Now that's a real shocker. It turns out that "rich" people tend to be better parents than "low income" people. They are smarter, have better vocabularies, and take great care to enrich the environment in...(Read Full Post)