Wednesday, January 22, 2014


It's not surprising that the U.S. is way behind the rest of the developed world in the way we treat our children. Just like most other social priorities; the environment, financial security, and health care the U.S. places more emphasis on wealth, power, entertainment, sports, war, and individual success no matter the cost.

This is one of many alarming revelations about the course this country is on. Our children are our future and rather than cherish them we neglect them. We fail to provide the basic necessities such as food, education, and healthcare; while wasting billions on senseless wars, pandering the rich, and subsidizing those who don't need or deserve it.

 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Eighty percent of Americans in 2012 said most children in their country have the opportunity to learn and grow every day, while 66% said they are treated with dignity and respect. Although these figures might seem high, they are actually on the low end among 29 advanced economies where UNICEF studies children's well-being.

The United States' relatively poor performance on these two measures reaffirms its similarly poor performance in a recent UNICEF study of children's well-being. The UNICEF study considered five dimensions of well-being -- material, health and safety, education, behaviors and risks, and housing and environment -- with the U.S. ranking 26th in overall child well-being among these same 29 wealthy nations.