In today’s Wall Street Journal, Juan Williams offers the following:
“Almost 50 years ago, when the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed, the national out-of-wedlock birthrate was 7%. Today it is over 40%. According to the CDC, the out-of-wedlock birthrate for white children was just 2% in the 1960s. Today it is 30%. Among black children, the out-of-wedlock birthrate has skyrocketed from 20% in the 1960s to a heartbreaking 72% today.”
It goes without saying that the implications of all of this are staggering. Today’s schools have already taken on more “socialization” tasks than they ever have before. (That’s one of the reasons so many schools have advisory programs.) But the statistics Williams points to will mean that schools and other institutions will have to do more, much more to meet the growing needs of our future students.
I wonder, given the gravity of all of this — why there isn’t a greater sense of urgency on this issue?