We often hear the claim that government programs for the benefit of young children are sound because "The value of investment in these early childhood years has been well-documented."
It's certainly heartening to know that the "investments" in childhood have been shown to have a respectable
yield, because if that were not the case, we'd be justified in letting
our children starve and die on the streets, right? Framing the issue in
this way - as an "investment" with a good payoff - is frankly sick.
People spend loads of money on their adored pets, but it's unlikely
anyone has justified such expenses on the grounds that they are good