Regrettably the article itself is anodyne post-modernist social justice virtue signalling clap-trap. The author starts by asserting the well refuted Marxian deterministic liturgy that individuals' future are predetermined by their poverty, race, etc. rather than by the much more demonstrable causal explanation of capabilities, values and behaviors.
Study after study has proven that when children are sequestered in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, their educational and economic opportunities are stunted, creating enduring cycles of poverty.The fact of the gender reversal is well known already but it is useful to have it quantified.
But a new paper, written by a team of researchers led by the Stanford economist Raj Chetty, indicates that these findings have yet another critical element: Concentrated poverty can be significantly more detrimental to young boys than to young girls.
In America it’s generally been true that men are more likely to be employed than women. According to the most current data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, even as women have entered the workforce in greater numbers, men’s labor-force participation rate is around 69 percent, while women’s is around 57 percent. This division in the labor force holds among middle- and upper-income families, but Chetty and his fellow researchers find that when poor kids become adults, a reverse gender-employment gap appears, with poor boys more likely than poor girls to become unemployed adults.
The intellectual crime committed by these ideology motivated research papers is that they take us down the wrong policy roads. In this case, the researchers are pre-committed (as evidenced in their past research) to believe that segregation is the root cause of all these poor life outcomes when in fact the causal mechanisms are abilities, values and behaviors.
And for another, it’s a paper that, like a lot of Chetty’s previous research, strongly suggests that as long as residential segregation continues, poor black children have little hope of having a life better than their parents.The solution for the postmodernist totalitarians is to strip away rights of association from the population and impose choices made by the unelected enlightened. It is a pathway to misery trodden many times in many countries and has never, not once, led to the imagined desirable outcomes that the intellectual totalitarians imagine. Human nature and reality always get in the way.
But I have gotten distracted by the nonsense. What interested me was a quotation from Arthur Schopenhauer in the comments that I found interesting.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.