There are too many ways to slice this pie, so I want to be brief here. The U.S. Recession of 2007-2008-? has had and will continue to have devestating impacts on children and youth. Here’s an accounting of those ways:
- Family and individual homelessness
- Health insurance coverage
- Larger classroom sizes [for naysayers]
- Fewer afterschool programs
- Job loss among youth
And the list goes on. Barack has talked about promoting national service and building new schools, but those initiatives just aren’t enough. We need real commitment from our local, state and national leaders right now, and I’m simply not seeing it.