If The Children Are Our Future, Let’s Brighten It

Whitney Houston once famously sang, “I believe the children are our future,” and as cheesy as that line may seem, it’s the plain truth. But what does it mean for our future if the children are poor, sickly, and uneducated? According to the Guttmacher Institute, birthrates — mostly unintended pregnancies — for women living in poverty are increasing while fertility rates among wealthier, more educated women are decreasing. This means that increasingly, America will be populated by those born into circumstances that statistically place them at risk. What, then, do we do about our future?