Would you rather help one child a little bit today, or wait a few years and help five children even more? Every dollar spent on current programs is a dollar used to help today’s children in need—a worthy cause. Yet every dollar spent on research today, in theory, is a dollar invested in helping tomorrow’s children even more. Admittedly, this trade-off is complex, imprecise, and uncertain. But the promise of research that can help us do more good per dollar spent is enticing.

Yet here’s...


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