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Harvard Researcher: Opportunity Gap Grows As Child’s Success Depends On Parents’ Socioeconomic Status

“Rich dumb kids are more likely to get a college degree than smart poor kids,” said Harvard public policy professor Robert Putnam. In his book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,” Putnam examined the growing opportunity gap.

He said in today’s society hard work and talent matter far less than a child’s socioeconomic status. He pointed to two things that predict a child’s future success — the wealth of their parents and whether they went to college, and the socioeconomic status of their surrounding classmates as the income inequality gap in America continues to grow.