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.
Tonight on PBS, I sit down with Dr. Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States.
The Southwest is a place of great opportunity, enchantment, and grandeur, and yet, also a place of poverty and inequality in the United States. Through its children, it is also a place that will play an expanding and critically important role in either the successes or failures of our nation.
Although the decline in juvenile incarceration is encouraging to advocates, there is still little reason to celebrate. The criminalization of youth behavior and the school-to-prison pipeline continue to feed young people into the criminal justice system.
We are far from perfect and tend not to talk about ways to overcome poverty. In fact, many turn a blind eye toward the intractable issues of race, ethnicity and poverty. But for Kotlowitz, it is a question of getting to those issues.
So much of what young people learn about managing money comes from watching family members, and these last several years have given young people many opportunities to learn the challenges of managing money effectively.
The transition from third to fourth grade has long been seen as the bridge between "learning to read" to "reading to learn." Unfortunately, millions of American children fail to cross this bridge on time.