Troubles abound; here’s a sampling:

  1. Because of climate change, a Harvard University study has found that more that 90% of the world’s 2.2 billion children are exposed to particles at concentrations above the World Health Organization’s safe limits.
  2. As a result of the escalation of mass shootings in the U.S., in 2017, U.S. schools spent at least $2.7 billion on security systems, on top of the money spent by individuals on things like bulletproof backpacks, which, according to the marketing firm IHS Markit, hit $768 million in 2014 and is, of course, still climbing.
  3. February 2020 is now Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and not surprisingly, according to the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, nearly 33% of teens will experience some form of abuse in a dating relationship at some point before graduating from high school.
  4. There are nearly 15 million U.S. children under 6 with all available parents in the workforce. Moreover, childcare costs average between $9,000 and $9,500 a year nationally, according to Child Care Aware.
  5. By both the standard measure of poverty and the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), one in 6 U.S. children is poor, with the current official poverty level standing at $25,750 for a family of four.
  6. Secondary students in Fairfax County, Virginia—one of the largest districts in the U.S.—can now take one day off per school year to engage in political activism, such as leading protests. Not all approve, however, with some arguing that kids belong in school.

And that about says it all these days…