Something the Right and Left Can Agree Upon

Social scientists of all political stripes agree that single parenting is becoming a key feature of lower income people no matter their race or ethnicity. They also agree that children of single parent families do not fare as well as those of two parent families.

The conservative Heritage Foundation declared in a 2012 report:

The U.S. is steadily slipping into a two-caste system with marriage and education as the dividing line. In the high-income third of the population, children are raised by married parents with a college education; on the bottom-income third, children are raised by single parents with a high-school diploma or less.

Meanwhile, in testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance in 2012, Ron Haskins, a senior fellow with the left-leaning Brookings Institute, said:

…social science research has repeatedly shown that children reared in female-headed families are more likely to fail in school, more likely to be arrested, more likely to get pregnant as teens, more likely to have mental health problems and to commit suicide, more likely to get a divorce when they grow up, and more likely to experience other negative outcomes.


Posted: June 6, 2014

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