Investments in the lives of our children come in two forms: they are both public and private.
Here are some my thoughts on the personal side from my column in the Dallas Morning News yesterday: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/viewpoints/stories/DN-britt_30edi.ART.State.Edition1.26980d6.html
And here are some thoughts on public investment from my colleague here at CDM, Dr. Janet Morrison: http://janetmorrison.blogspot.com/2008/09/bailouts-think-about-children.html
Successful cultures don't consider investing in themselves or in the next generation conflicting propositions. Its not either/or. Its both/and.