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Decay

As one who loves America — not only because I am American, but even more so because I know (not believe, know) that the American experiment in forming a decent society has been the most successful in history — I write the following words in sadness: With few exceptions, every aspect of American life is in decline.

“Decay” is the word.

Decline of the Family:

Nearly half (48%) of American children are born to a mother who is not married. Forty-three percent of American children live without a father in the home. About 50% of Americans over 18 are married, compared to 72% in 1960. Americans are having so few children that the fertility rate fell to a record low 62.9 births per 1,000 women in 2013. In an increasing number of states, there are now more deaths than births.

Decline of Education:

Compared to nearly all of American history, the average American school teaches much less about important subjects such as American history, English grammar, literature, music and art. Instead, schools teach much more about “social justice,” environmentalism and sex.

Any of us who receive emails from large numbers of Americans can attest to the deteriorating education — including among those who attended college — in written English. In sophisticated commentary on websites as well as in email, one encounters the most basic errors: “it’s” instead of “its”; “their” instead of “there”; “then” instead of “than,” etc.

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Dennis Prager

Columnist | Conservative Lens


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