Although the United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, it does not rank among the top countries on any measure of children’s health and well-being. In this discussion we will examine how cultural values, special interests, and economic conditions are reflected in public policies for children.
As you create your discussion post, consider the following:
- What can your state do to improve its public policy for children’s health and well-being during these economic times?
By the end of this discussion, you will be able to:
- Identify the cultural values, special interests, and economic conditions reflected in public policies for children.
Complete the following: Visit the website sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund: www.childrensdefense.org. Click on U.S. State Child Data, and find your state’s ranking on several leading social indicators of children’s well-being.
Using information from the website, answer the following questions:
- How are cultural values, special interests, and economic conditions reflected in public policies for children?
- Do you think that these policies reflect current research in the field of child development?
- How large is the gap between what we know and its application to public poli