For too long, Louisiana has lagged the nation when ranked for “child well-being”. According to the annual KidsCount rankings of the states, Louisiana holds the average rank of 49th in the nation for 30 years. The truth is this: conditions for Louisiana’s children must improve or Louisiana will never have reason to expect a brighter future.
We should understand this truth. If I choose to distract myself with sports or food or parties to the neglect my garden, I have no reason to be surprised when the grass and weeds take over due to inattention, my plants wilt or die from lack of water, and the results of my gardening endeavor become embarrassing. The same is true of how a state tends its children.