By Dona Schneider Ph.D. M.P.H.

What is occurring to American formative years at the present time? there's a mountain of records accrued approximately our kids, however it is usually challenging to grasp what the numbers suggest. Dona Schneider argues that "sound- chew data" on teenage being pregnant or baby abuse can deceive us and create undesirable public coverage. yet a better examine those self same information may give us a window on tomorrow's public well-being and social problems.

To convey how the facts can either hide and spotlight difficulties, Schneider alternates a dialogue of the numbers with brilliant encounters with person youngsters and adults: the middle-class black highschool student's offhand clarification approximately tips to get a gun; an essential facts bureau people astonishment at his personal type as Hispanic; a tender woman's excitement in maintaining down a role after academics brushed off her as studying disabled; and a latchkey kid's nightmare of coming domestic from university to an empty condominium whilst she used to be sick.

This booklet publications us in the course of the morass of numbers bandied approximately to explain the country of America's children—what the numbers let us know and what they don't—and it deals a decision for motion. finished in its therapy of all teams of youngsters and obtainable popular, this booklet is key for an individual focused on childrens in American society.

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