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Giving Kids a Fair Chance

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In Giving Kids a Fair Chance, Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman argues that the accident of birth is the greatest source of inequality in America today. Children born into disadvantage are, by the time they start kindergarten, already at risk of dropping out of school, teen pregnancy, crime, and a lifetime of low-wage work. This is bad for all those born into dis ...more
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published April 5th 2013 by Mit Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Diego
Jul 27, 2015 Diego rated it really liked it
James Heckman hace una propuesta que busca combatir la desigualdad desde uno de sus puntos iniciales, la niñez.

Con este fin Heckman elabora un argumento que pasa por las evaluaciones de dos programas paradigmaticos en la atención de niños de 0 a 5 años, los del proyecto Abecedarian y la escuela Perry. De acuerdo con Heckman estos experimentos lograron tener efectos positivos que cambiaron dramáticamente los resultados de sus poblaciones tratadas a lo largo de su vida.

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Bob Duke
Dec 09, 2014 Bob Duke rated it it was amazing
An optimistic book on how the problems can be dealt with. The main thrust of Heckman's argument is that a persons chances in life are largely and accident of birth. This accident of birth determines the nurture that you will receive in your early years. This nurture leads to the development of the non cognitive skills that enable you to succeed in life. Well worth a read for anyone who is concerned about social issues.
Justin Rabbach
Feb 01, 2016 Justin Rabbach rated it it was amazing
A great look into arguments (and counter arguments) of prioritizing early childhood interventions to "level the playing field". Particularly interesting is a discussion on using these strategies to avoid a later "redistribution of wealth" by creating a world that naturally results in a "pre-distribution" of that wealth.
Jimmy Wambua
A good debate

The arguments given in this book are thought provoking for interventionist in low income early care programs. It's a positive scepticism about an important subject with little scientific evidence of its efficacy. It's important to be aware of the arguments out there concerning early interventions. It helps one make up their mind
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Jan 19, 2016 Jorgen rated it liked it
I liked the subject matter a good deal. However, what is really striking about this book is the format. The author makes his argument, and then allows many experts in the field to critique and respond.
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