Unpaid parenthood is more important to our economy than paid jobs.
(PRWEB) February 11, 2014
Parent Power: The Key to America's Prosperity, by Dr. Jack Westman reveals the power parents have to create America's productive citizens. They also have the power to create social problems in the context of intergenerational poverty.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said "Parents have the power to challenge educational complacency here. Parents have the power to ask more of their leaders-and to ask more of their kids."
Dr. Westman supports Secretary Duncan's position and calls attention to the fact that one-third of children and youth in the United States are failing in some aspect of their lives. The United States is at the top of the list of developed nations in child abuse and neglect and the bottom in educational achievement.
Five children die every day from abuse in the United States. Three million referrals are made to child protective services every year.
At some point in their lives, half of all children born in the United States will have lived in one-parent homes, mostly without fathers. More than half of them will live in poverty for a time and will continue the cycle of family disadvantage.
Parents who raise a productive citizen contribute $1.4 million to our economy. Parents who abuse and/or neglect a child who becomes a criminal or welfare dependent cost our economy $2.8 million. Without concerted action, every American taxpayer will continue to pay for the consequences.
“We can no longer drift with the illusion that our Gross Domestic Product measures our society’s wellbeing while our human capital erodes,” says Dr. Westman. “As our GDP has risen, child poverty, income inequality, child abuse and neglect, teen suicide, unemployment, wages, health insurance and food stamp coverage, access to affordable housing and homelessness have all grown worse. Our society clings to the illusion that we treasure our children and support parents, especially those who give their children every material advantage. In reality, social policies, the media, the internet and societal norms make the already challenging job of parenthood more difficult.”
Parent Power makes it clear: the unpaid career of parenthood is more important for the health of our nation’s economy than paid jobs.