Monday, May 17, 2004

It takes a village

Teen pregnancy rates

I've been hear quite a bit about Brown v Board of Education lately. And the truest thing I've heard was said on NPR this morning. It went something along the lines of "segregation was not the evil, but a manifestation of evil."

Brown v Board of Ed allowed some to escape a definite problem, but long-term success does not come from desegregation. Rather, it comes from having a chance to succeed in a community (parents, educators, facilities, etc.) that allows and encourages achievement.

I think the same is true for the still startling numbers of teen pregnancy. I applaud the work of all who have toiled to make improvements over the last decade, but obviously the fight in both these areas, and so many more, is not over.

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