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    Upward Mobility, Equality of Opportunity, and the Family

    Discussions about poverty and upward mobility tend to overlook a growing amount of research arguing that socioeconomic differences in America are often rooted in family structure. They note that, as the stability of the family has steadily deteriorated, parents’ financial situation and their children’s future prospects have eroded. Sadly, as … More

    Parents, Not Government, Know How to Feed Their Children

    Some Members of Congress think they are better parents than you are. Under the tax code, companies are able to take deductions for business expenses, including marketing. Recently, however, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D–CT) introduced H.R. 2831, which would prohibit businesses from taking tax deductions for marketing “food of poor nutritional … More

    Family Fact of the Week: The Transforming Power of Fatherhood

    In their new book Gender and Parenthood, Brad Wilcox and Kathleen Kovner Kline squarely face a current cultural trend that portrays the father as an optional family figure and heralds the concept of gender-neutral parenting. Gleaning the results from the latest research, the authors document the unique role that fathers … More

    Morning Bell: The Marriage Debate Through a Child's Eyes

    Earlier this month, 11-year-old Grace Evans appeared before a panel of Minnesota lawmakers considering a redefinition of marriage in that state. She testified to the significance of her mother and father and the different contributions each makes to her life. Then she ended with a simple question: “Which parent do … More

    Academy of Pediatrics Endorses Same-Sex Marriage, but Science Not So Sure

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a policy statement yesterday indicating its support for same-sex marriage. Based on “extensive research,” this statement from a scientific organization may seem authoritative. In reality, however, the AAP’s position is based on ideology, not science. The AAP claims that children “receive similar parenting … More

    Social Science Confirms: Kids Need Married Moms and Dads

    A group of social science professors present the scholarly research on a child’s need for a married mother and a father in a brief submitted to the Supreme Court. The brief demonstrates that when it comes to same-sex parenting, we do not have adequate studies. The phenomenon is too new … More

    Another Study Confirms: Head Start Doesn’t Work

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just released its latest batch of Head Start data, revealing, once again, that its students are receiving far less than a “head start.” The study, which was finally released the weekend before Christmas after more than a year’s delay, examines the third-grade … More

    Helping the Poor and Addicted Turn Their Lives Around (VIDEO)

    Strong marriage and family relationships are crucial to fighting poverty. This was the message shared by grassroots leaders at an anti-poverty conference sponsored by The Heritage Foundation and the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise this past September. These leaders shared firsthand experience and common-sense intuition about poverty reduction. They explained what … More

    Case Closed at UT Austin: Regnerus Exonerated

    In a victory for academic freedom, the University of Texas at Austin on Wednesday made clear that sociologist Mark Regnerus’s study of adults whose parents had same-sex relationships deserves scholarly discussion—not investigation for scientific misconduct. A litany of allegations made by a blogger had triggered an inquiry earlier this summer. … More

    What Fewer Married Americans Means for the Nation

    Nearly 40 percent of women in the United States have never been married, an all-time high, according to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Beyond lower marriage rates, a high divorce rate and increasing numbers of children born outside of marriage indicate that marriage in America is … More