I have been sent a link today to an article in "The Stanford News". The article was titled: Language gap between rich and poor children begins in infancy, Stanford psychologists find This article shows how research into language acquisition showed significant variation between children from disadvantaged homes as against children from comparatively advantaged homes, even as young as 18 months old!This seems to me to provide even further evidence for the need of countries to invest in early intervention strategies that was put forward by the Nobel Prize-winning economist James J. Heckman which I wrote about in a recent post. How much data do we need until we can make a case for the economic sense of investment by governments in parental support and early intervention/enrichment? I am sure that the case is a very strong one and, as Heckman points out far better than I ever could, it is about the preservation of societies not their destruction in some kind of neo-communist plot.
- James J. Heckman: an economist who makes sense (malbell.com)