Sunday, February 13, 2011

Teen Pregnancy and the Death of the American Family

Gerry Garibaldi writes:
Urban teachers face an intractable problem, one that we cannot spend or even teach our way out of: teen pregnancy. This year, all of my favorite girls are pregnant, four in all, future unwed mothers every one. There will be no innovation in this quarter, no race to the top. Personal moral accountability is the electrified rail that no politician wants to touch.
Read Garibaldi's essay "Nobody Gets Married Any More Mister"
H/T: Burke to Kirk


  1. What he only hints at is the role welfare has played at in it getting to this point. Like the girl said, she is just following in the steps of her mother & grandmother.
    Whilke I am glad they are having their children, as long as the welfare system remains as it is, it rewards not being morally accountable, esp for the father, who, as you will notice, is rarely there.

  2. One of the comments on the article quoted George Will, "When you subsidize something, you get more of that thing." Welfare, though well intentioned, subsidizes irresponsible behavior, thus producing more of it.