"Level playing fields" sounds all nice & warm & fuzzy, but it isn't realistic. To have a level playing field, no one would grow up in poverty...as a matter of fact, everyone would grow up in similar environments. No parent would abuse their kids or get divorced...no parent would become an alcoholic or drug addict and all school systems would have the same quality from top to bottom. But none of the above will or can ever happen, so we all have to deal with the cards that are dealt to us and some hands are stacked while others don't even have a pair of dueces. Now we can work to make the field a little more level, but that's about the best we can do. Then we must consider costs and benefit to society. Should we invest more into education than our military? I think we can say that it should at least be MORE equal...there is no doubt about that. But some kids will always have to work harder than others. It may be a tough pill to swallow, but it's reality. Some will always have the "right connections" to succeed in life and there is nothing society can do about that. It really comes back to what our parents always told us...and that's "Life isn't fair, get used to it"