Today's must-read: “Nobody Gets Married Any More, Mister” by Gerry Garibaldi
Subtitle: Welcome to our urban high schools, where kids have kids and learning dies. Excerpt:
She lifted her face and smiled at her friends, then dropped her head back down. I picked up my grimy metal garbage can and set it beside her desk, just in case. A moment later she vomited, and I dispatched her to the nurse. In the years since, I’ve escorted girls whose water has just broken, their legs trembling and wobbly, to the principal’s office, where their condition barely raises an eyebrow.You have to read the whole thing to get the full, bleak picture. I don't have much time to comment right now, but again, wouldn't it be lovely if our president hit hard on the theme of responsible fatherhood and commitment to family? And recruited other black celebrities to do the same? Of course one man can't change the culture, but he's got the bully pulpit, and perhaps he could do some small amount of good?
Within my lifetime, single parenthood has been transformed from shame to saintliness. In our society, perversely, we celebrate the unwed mother as a heroic figure, like a fireman or a police officer. During the last presidential election, much was made of Obama’s mother, who was a single parent. Movie stars and pop singers flaunt their daddy-less babies like fishing trophies.
But instead he talks about working on his rap palate, endorsing entertainers that degrade their own culture.
And much more significantly, he's absolutely committed to the culture of entitlement that's a huge part of the problem. From the article:
Connecticut is among the most generous of the states to out-of-wedlock mothers. Teenage girls like Nicole qualify for a vast array of welfare benefits from the state and federal governments: medical coverage when they become pregnant (called “Healthy Start”); later, medical insurance for the family (“Husky”); child care (“Care 4 Kids”); Section 8 housing subsidies; the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; cash assistance. If you need to get to an appointment, state-sponsored dial-a-ride is available. If that appointment is college-related, no sweat: education grants for single mothers are available, too. Nicole didn’t have to worry about finishing the school year; the state sent a $35-an-hour tutor directly to her home halfway into her final trimester and for six weeks after the baby arrived.Please read the rest. Comments welcome.
In theory, this provision of services is humane and defensible, an essential safety net for the most vulnerable—children who have children. What it amounts to in practice is a monolithic public endorsement of single motherhood—one that has turned our urban high schools into puppy mills. The safety net has become a hammock.
Thanks to AS for sending the link.
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