The Breakdown of the Family is Likely the Primary Reason for the Breakdown of the Economy

By: Tia Johnson 0 Comments   1/3/2012

Kenny Buchanan has a lot less to worry about, he told NPR. That's because after 26 years, he now has a full-time job.

Buchanan is a high-school drop-out, and since then has hopped from job to unemployment. Now, he's 44 years old, has earned his GED, and holds his first full-time job.

"Anybody that loses their job or doesn't have a job will tell you, when you don't have the money, you're always worrying about how you're going to afford to pay this and how you're going to afford to pay for that," Buchanan said.

"It gets stressful." It appears the decision to drop out of high school taxes greatly on the emotions. But it also taxes on the economy.

A CNBC article posted a few weeks ago said that high school dropouts receive on average $1,500 more per year from government support than they pay in taxes.  The government support comes in the form of low-income benefits like medical support and food stamps and/or prison/jail time costs.

On the other hand, during total working years high school graduates pay $236,000 more in taxes than they receive in benefits. Those who earned a college degree pay $885,000 more in taxes than they receive in benefits. Dropouts are estimated to earn $595,000 in their lifetime, while high school graduates are estimated to earn $1,066,000.

Those with a two-year college degree are estimated to earn $1,509,000. This same report relayed that high school dropouts were five-times more likely than high school graduates to land in prison.

In Illinois alone, high school dropouts accounted for 51 percent of their prison population. One inmate costs taxpayers $22,000 annually. The CNBC article yeilded lots of comments from readers. One reader suggested that poor parenting is responsible for the dropout rate and that parents of dropouts should be taken off government funding programs for a year or more.

Maybe that would motivate parents in low-income families to focus on their child's education, they said. Another reader mentioned the benefits of bringing dads back into kids' lives. Children who have a positive relationship with their dad tend to stay in school longer. "And let's not forget the 'man' who fathers 10 kids or more with different women and never pays a dime to support any of them.

Guess who is paying for all those kids?" wrote another reader. Obviously, the breakdown of the family has taxed this country. Maybe that's why God commended Abraham, choosing him as the father of a great nation so that he would "direct his children and his household" to do what is just and right. Family is important to God, and parents have been given the responsibility to rear a family biblically.

Delight Media has reported on other data revealing the impact of broken families on students' educational achievement. It's clear that neglecting God's commands negatively impacts society.

But as the Bible says, children cannot blame their parents for their own neglect of God's commands. Sure, some students have parents who just don't get it. But at-risk students are able to rise above their environment-- though not by following the flamboyant advice to "pursue your dreams," as pronounced by secular motivational speakers.

Instead, students who are fueled by a real, solid purpose will have the motivation to reach their goal, regardless of environment. Sadly, students today are taught that their creation was happen-chance, not ordained. And life after time on this earth has been reduced to the muddy waters of "whatever floats your boat." These ideas just don't hold water in the span of eternity. No wonder some sift through life aimlessly. The temporary urge to drop out of high school doesn't seem so bad if classes don't serve a purpose.

Instead, life with purpose includes non-negotiable standards set by a strong moral foundation. The Bible provides the best standards, and over thousands of years they have proven to be good.

One mom who commented listed a set of basic rules she taught her sons in order for them to "insure success in America." "It's not complicated," she wrote. Her rules included: 1) finish high school, 2) do not get involved in illegal activity, 3) do not get involved with drugs of any kind, 4) do not father children until you are married, 5) do not get married until at least 21 years old.

This mother did not state her faith, but these rules reflect God's word nonetheless. They reflect the Biblical values to be responsible, respect government authorities, use the gifts God has bestowed and to hold serious the institution of family.

Yet fewer families seem to be embracing an eternal purpose for their lives and therefore lack the sturdy standards required to make wise decisions. The implications of not teaching the truths of the Bible are costing our nation billions, depleting that wealth of our nation.

We see the impact this has had in poor decision making, which negatively impacts those closest: the family. Families in poor moral health lead to weak societies and a suffering economy. Varying authorities have tried to bandage the wounds, but have been largely unsuccessful.

After achieving dropout status, the slide into poverty is slick and, some would argue, government-aided. Climbing out? That may be much more difficult, but worth it, Buchanan might say.

Buchanan's full-time job has allowed his wife to quit her job to take care of their youngest child. He also receives health insurance for his family, which he says is even more important than the money. "Now that I've got a job, I'm more - more relaxed," he said.

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