I just read a remarkable report from the Brookings Institution written by Isabel V. Sawhill, Richard V. Reeves and Kimberly Howard entitled Parenting, Politics, and Social Mobility. This report courageously goes where I have feared to tread in these posts. In the KIPS Cradle blogs I have tried very hard to be apolitical, because children are too important to be used as political pawns. Being much braver, Sawhill and her colleagues charge directly into the center of the fray, striking blows to those of both the right and the left political viewpoints. They begin by reviewing the literature showing early parenting is a primary driver of children’s language and math achievement as they enter Kindergarten. We have similarly reviewed this literature (see 1,2,3 & 4). Admirably, they move beyond reviewing the overwhelming results cited in this report, and they bravely address the policy implications and the political issues of what they refer to as a parenting gap.