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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The Nuclear Family “Closes the Gap”

The British press just reported a new study from Oxford and the University of London that shows children raised in stable marital homes are better behaved than classmates brought up by unmarried parents. Children raised by married parents show lower levels of anti-social attitudes and hyperactivity. Recent surveys in the U.S. show that the taxpayer money appropriated to “close the gap” between higher-achieving and lower-achieving students has failed to achieve this goal. Contrary to conventional wisdom, poverty is not the principal cause of the gap. It depends on whether or not children grow up in a family with their own mother and father compared to kids who lack that advantage.

When the famous French commentator Alexis de Tocqueville traveled the U.S. in the mid-1800s, he wrote: “There is certainly no country in the world where the tie of marriage is more respected than in America.” Our society of nuclear families produced a prosperous Middle Class that was the envy of the world.

Much has been written about the decline in the percentage of Americans who live in a traditional nuclear family. The scholar Charles Murray pointed out that the shocking rate of illegitimate births (now 41 percent) is the most serious social and fiscal problem America faces because it is the factor that drives everything else. It has caused the dramatic rise in government spending. The nuclear family doesn’t need government busybodies to tell them how to raise their children or spend their money. When mothers have no husband or father of their children to provide for them, they turn to Big Brother Government. What our kids need is a revitalization of the “nuclear family” that contains a married mother and father and their children. Only with this healthy system can we truly “close the gap.”

Listen to the radio commentary here:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The nuclear family may be dying due to individuals seeking a joyful life for which a long lasting committment to the same individual is unsustainable til death.

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