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America is failing its youngest children

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Jason Furman, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, has posted a presentation on inequality and growth that contains this striking figure about early childhood education:

Early_childhood For most of our history, the United States was the world leader in educating children. But as more and more countries — including the USA — have started investing in the youngest kids, we're clearly falling behind a lot of our peers. The consequences of this won't necessarily be clearly visible for another 20, 30, or 40 years but it's fairly striking.