As the New York Times is reporting today, one in every six children in the US lives in poverty. Oh, and they are among the most abused children in the world, as well. Our high school grads are tied for 18th place (last place) in literacy among the richest nations, though by the time they graduate from college, they have struggled up to 10th. The US has the highest rate of unintended pregnancy among developed countries, and the highest number of adolescent pregnancies, about 1/3 of which are aborted. They use contraception at a rate lower than most developed nations, and have less access to “emergency contraception.”
Kids are like frogs in an ecosystem. You can tell how well the society is doing by how well their kids are.