Family structure: it’s an education in itself

From Andrea Mrozak over at Mercatornet:

Improving education outcomes is a goal for schools and ministries of education all over the world. And so it should be, since they are linked to a host of other advantages, especially in a knowledge-based economy. It will be interesting to note, then, whether those who desire these improvements will grab hold of the results of the recently released World Family Map Project.

This research shows that for children in the developed world, living with two parents results in better literacy scores, regardless of wealth and parental education. This is as true in Canada as it is in United States, the United Kingdom or Australia.

“Children living with two parents had higher reading literacy scores and were less likely to repeat a grade compared to those living with either one parent or neither parent in all three North American countries included in the report: Canada, Mexico and the United States,” write the researchers. They go on: “This pattern is found even after accounting for the higher levels of poverty and lower levels of parental education among single-parent families.”

Read the full piece at THIS LINK.

2 thoughts on “Family structure: it’s an education in itself

  1. “The second response is more commonplace. It’s also more harmful because it chooses to obscure these results. This response is a refusal to acknowledge the result by simultaneously getting offended.

    No one knows better than single parents that raising children on their own is more difficult than with a committed spouse. But still, many who are aware of the evidence fear alienating those families and, as a result, they speak of this research rarely, if at all.”

    Yes! Instead of seeking out knowledge and wisdom, people get offended if they find they are living or doing something that is not very wise. I see this a lot with breastfeeding vs bottle feeding, and daycare issues.


  2. As always, I can only speak from my own experience. It is better to have a loving and supportive stepmother than a psychologically unstable and abusive birth mother. If my grades suffered from my broken home then I don’t miss it. Without boasting, I was one of the best students in the school. A perfect family would be wonderful but they cannot be forced into being.


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