Day By Day

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

It's Bush's Fault

AP reports:

WASHINGTON -- Fewer high school students are having sex, and more are using condoms. The teen birth rate has hit a record low.

More young people are finishing high school, too, and more younger children are being read to, according to the latest government snapshot on the well-being of U.S. children. It's good news on a number of key wellness indicators, experts said of the report being released Friday.

"The implications for the population are quite positive in terms of their health and their well-being," said Edward Sondik, the director of the National Center for Health Statistics. "The lower figure on teens having sex means the risk of sexually transmitted diseases is lower."
The report also found:

More youngsters are getting reading time. Sixty percent of children ages 3-5 (and not in kindergarten) were read to daily by a family member in 2005, up from 53 percent in 1993.
More young people are completing high school. In 2005, 88 percent of young adults had finished high school -- up from 84 percent in 1980.
Read the whole thing here.

I blame Bush!