Our view on kids: When unwed births hit 41%, it’s just not right

February 18, 2011 • Education, Family Planning, Daily Email Recap

What’s the matter with kids today? A great deal more than you might realize.

One-third are overweight or obese. Nearly a third drop out or can’t finish high school in four years. All told, 75% are in such a poor state that they are ineligible for military service for reasons ranging from health to drugs to criminal records to lack of education.

Last month came bad news about the rest: 23% of those who try to enlist fail the basic entrance exam.

Dismayed military leaders and education reformers are quick to blame failing schools, and they’re right. But there’s a deeper issue in play as well – one that gets far too little attention.

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