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Fri May 3, 2013
The gap watch continues: US is 34th of 35 developed nations in child well-being
Initially, it was darkly funny and absurd: "What's up with all the 'gaps'?," we asked ourselves. Discipline gap. Gender gap. Achievement gap. And now the United Nations Children's Fund is reporting that the US is at the almost-bottom of their index for relative child poverty rates: a child poverty gap.
The report excludes kids from places such as sub-Saharan Africa, so take note of the "relative" aspects of this data. But, still, too many American children are "living in a home that makes 36 percent less than the relative poverty line."
We'll continue our "gap watch," but whatever we call it, we know that any inequality is too much.
[WorldView, The Washington Post]