By Bonnie Miller Rubin, Tribune reporter
In 1960, 77 percent of women and 65 percent of men had acquired certain traditional markers of maturity by age 30: leaving home, completing school, full-time employment, marriage and family. In 2005, the figure had plummeted to 27 and 39 percent, respectively.
My recent BreakPoint.com column looked at this issue from another angle. This certainly seems to be evidence that living standards in the U.S. are dropping, as children are not doing as well as their parents. I wonder, however, if part of the problem is given away in the headline: Is our goal mere “security”? If so, then no wonder we are looking more and more like tired, old Western Europe.