U.S. lags behind majority of developed countries in providing health and security to its children

CBS News reports: On this International Children’s Day, the nonprofit group Save the Children is releasing a new report that underlines the stark challenges and dangers facing kids around the world. The “End of Childhood Index” evaluates countries for a number of serious events that threaten children, including food insecurity, infant mortality, violence, teen pregnancy and lack of education.

Among the findings, the U.S. ranks 36th out of 172 countries, far down the list of industrialized nations. Norway, Slovenia, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden top the list.

“I think the U.S., we have made progress in things like high school graduation rates and teen pregnancy, but if you look at the rest of the world, we haven’t made the progress that everybody else has made. We’ve got to invest more,” Save the Children president and CEO Carolyn Miles said Thursday on “CBS This Morning.” [Continue reading…]

Among countries where relatively few children miss out on childhood, the United States ranks next to last, just above Russia.

By the time Donald Trump has left office, it’s reasonable to expect the U.S. ranking will have fallen even further.

What does it say about a nation and its pretensions of greatness, if other nations with far less wealth can nevertheless provide better lives for their children.

What secret might the Slovenians or Irish share about the prospects for a country’s future and the value it places on its children.

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