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Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year's Resolutions to Do Right By Children

National Diaper Bank Network Executive Director Joanne Goldblum wrote this recent blog post about 7 things we can do for the children in our country in the coming year:

While I'm all for dropping 20, kicking the habit and being more punctual, the most important resolutions we can make on New Year's focus on our children, not ourselves. My jiggly thighs aren't a national catastrophe, but the way we treat the next generation is.
It's been widely reported that U.S. teens were found to have middling scores in math, reading and science compared with international peers and lagged particularly far behind Asian students. What got less attention was the equally startling statistic that nearly half of American public school students are living in poverty. Any adult who can't see a connection deserves a big, fat "F."
There are hundreds of changes we could make to improve the lot of America's neediest children. I'm suggesting seven. I'd be thrilled if a critical mass of people adopted only one — provided they stuck with it.
1. We will stop giving lip service to "children being our future" and start acting on that truth.It's an odd person who wouldn't say that kids are the future and deserve our support and protection. Yet children are the poorest Americans. Federal expenditures on children fell 7 percent between 2011 and 2012. While 10 percent of the federal budget is spent on children, 20 percent goes to defense and 41 percent to the non-child portions of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
You can read the rest of this blog article here.