“Birth Dearthers” argue that low birth rates spell economic and social disaster for the United States. However, The Good Crisis: How Population Stabilization Can Foster a Healthy U.S. Economy, edited by John Seager and Lee S. Polansky, effectively debunks this myth.

The Good Crisis argues that we have no shortage of people in our country. The problem is we’re not preparing them to become the highly skilled workers necessary for the jobs of tomorrow, to contribute to innovation and growth in our economy, and to the social security system critics keep warning about.

For example, it’s estimated that two million US manufacturing jobs will go unfilled over the next decade due to a “skills gap.” In addition, there will be great opportunities in the knowledge economy, ranging from health care to information systems to education. Yet we currently have more than 15 million U.S. children trapped in poverty with limited access to quality education. Seager and Polansky suggest we think of them as future doctors, engineers, teachers and entrepreneurs and take steps accordingly.

Backed by extensive research and real-world examples, The Good Crisis presents a path to a more productive, sustainable world including:

• Retraining older people, teaching job skills for today’s economy.

• Ensuring that children have access to better education and healthcare. There are proven links between a quality education, increased productivity, and shared upward mobility.

• Preventing teen pregnancy through peer counseling, comprehensive sex education, and access to birth control. • Welcoming marginal groups into the workforce.

The Good Crisis dispel anxieties about the impact of slowing population growth, and discuss innovative and practical solutions.

John Seager is currently available for media interviews. Please call Kathlene Carney, Carney & Associates publicity services for scheduling and review copies.