Social economics or socioeconomics, is concerned with the relationship between
social and economic factors within society. Certain goods or
services may be unavailable to specific classes based on their ability to afford
them and their income. These goods or services can include access to more
advanced or complete medical care, educational opportunities, and the ability to
buy food & medicine. The subject matter at hand is not an
opinionated discussion their is literally decades of research that show
economics play a huge role in an individuals success. The only debatable matter
is the term success of which is subjectable on what an individual considers
successful. Under many standards the basic need of just food and
shelter is not successful or 3rd world countries who live in tin huts and eat
bark would be considered successful.
Something some commenters aren't taking into account:Do you have to
have a good education and a good job to be happy?Money does contribute to
happiness to a certain degree, but once your basic needs are met, money starts
giving you diminishing returns until it actually starts to be associated
conversely with happiness.More indicative of happiness is to have your
basic needs met (food, shelter, etc) and have a strong social support system
(aka family and friends) than what your education and income levels are.
Oh forgot to mention Utah is 30th in the highest educated students in the
country High school graduation rate: 85.2% (24th lowest)
Public school spending: $7,207 per pupil (the lowest) 8th grade NAEP
proficiency: 37.9% (math) 38.0% (reading)Sure we might be one of the
friendliest but that doesn't mean your child will get the best education or
development so the article is true if you were born in the state that is one of
the top 10 or the other29 states and are rated higher than Utah then they would
get a better education and more resources due to where they were born.
Love this article and its comments first Yes it does matter what state
(location) you were born. The economic surrounding dictate what opportunities
you have and what developments you may receive Economic systems
influence social structure the article is a brief glance at larger studies that
have been going on for decades. The availability of jobs is determined by
supply and demand , certain cities, states even countries can experience periods
of high unemployment. During the periods of employment development for any child
or adult are recessed. Many children are unable to finish high
school due to poverty and have no chance of higher education regardless of how
well loved they are. This was majority of Utah in 60's and 70'sLooks at the economic grown Utah has had in the last 20 year and now the
opportunity these families have. The statistic are are available to review the
population level and the number if High school drop outs.
While the study does contain bias, there is some truth to the advantages of
location. Our experience living in Newport Beach, Ca was far more culturally
enriched and satisfying than our current residence. With more money comes more
ability to express creativity, develop talents and basically enjoy life. The
schools had more money, the students had more choices for materials and
enrichment, theater, music, art. Even the holidays were more fun. Our
kindergartener’s class took monthly field trips to historic homes and
places, children’s science and music museums, farms, even Knotts Berry
Farm, all courtesy of a benefactor that donated the funds for the expenses. Our
wealthier neighbors were very generous and welcoming, including us, as
newcomers, in all kinds of activities. Not so the case in Utah, where we are
regarded as social pariahs. I am so grateful to have lived in a kind and
inclusive community but current reality is a painful contrast. Our school
district budgets one pencil per student per year and my attempts to contribute
to PTA and other groups have been snubbed. Location, location, location.
Sorry, all my kids were born in the North East... the Postpartum/Neonatal care
given to us was abysmal. I was ignored, they didn't inform me about things
happening to my children (even babies in the NICU), no help with Breastfeeding,
etc. I could go on for hours. Don't even get me started on how my ObGyn
couldn't even figure out I was pregnant with twins until my 20 week
ultrasound, despite many signs that lead to that simple diagnosis much earlier
on. No, if you are going to have a baby, especially multiples, Utah
is the place! I equate my experience in the North East to the level of care
given by the NHS in the UK. They barely take care of the mom and they completely
ignore the infant.
Utah has the lowest smoking rate. Implying that kids in Utah are encouraged not
to smoke. That counts for something doesn't it?
Oh look. The Northeast states with their socialism and high taxes score high,
while the south ranks low. Why am I not surprised. This is more lefty
propaganda.We all know that the biggest factor in healthy children
is strong families. Good families mean good people, who will take care of their
children. Bad people have other priorities.Readers beware: the
socialist policies of liberal Massachuttes only serve to weaken the family.
However hard they try to mend that damage through welfare and other expensive
government programs, they will never replace a state with a righteous and
deserving family life!
I also wanted to note that this article has a silly title. Of course it
doesn't matter what state you're born it. What matters is what home
you're born in.
@bemorefair I dug into the study a bit. First, it seems extremely focused $$$$
by essentially looking at how much money a family has and how much the poor are
taking advantage of social programs. I think there's a lot of benefits to
families here in Utah that aren't well measured in that way.
I think the criteria in this study did Utah at a unique disadvantage. Many of
our babies are born to students and young couples. I am in college with a
little girl and hoping for another. We earn well less than half the poverty line
but we get by with scholarships. When I start working we're going to have
a healthy middle class income. My wife is already a stay-at-home mom. So on
paper we might look disadvantaged: one small income, young couple, already
having kids. But in reality I think my daughter is rather privileged." There is no better way to predict the future of our nation than to look
at how we are treating our babies today. "Yikes. Think of that in the
context of abortion.
Massachusetts got a full ranking and is reported having only 2 percent of
children having multiple adverse experiences but has a 3.9% rate of child
maltreatment? I'm not buying it. This report is all sorts of messed up.
shouldn't matter at all where a kid is born. A child should have same
citizenship as parents (citizen of mexico if the child's parents are here
illegally), and 100% of financial responsibility should be on the parents, not
the taxpayer. I'm sick & tired of supporting other people's kids.
One glance at these rankings is enough to know they are poorly done.How is Utah, the most family-friendly state in the country, not #1? The report
plainly shows Utah at the top of the list with 88% of children in homes with two
parents. That alone is the most important statistic in determining a
child's future success. There's plenty of science to back that up.Look at how kids are doing overall. Most kids in Utah end up well
educated and rearing good-sized families of their own. This report
is bunk. Utah is the example in many areas of how to help children thrive.