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Intact Families = School Success

Facts of Life

BY The Editors

October 23-November 5, 2011 Issue | Posted 10/14/11 at 12:42 PM

 

A research paper released recently by the Family Research Council indicates that students from intact biological families experience greater academic success than those from disrupted families, reported EWTN News.

“Marriage, Family Structure and Children’s Educational Attainment” found that adolescents from intact biological families have higher math, science, history and reading test scores and are more likely to complete a four-year college education and are committed to doing well academically; they are also supported in their studies by their parents.

“We cannot ignore the fact that the vast majority of American youth grow up today without both their biological mother and father,” said Patrick Fagan, director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute at the Family Research Council. “This has significant, weakening effects on the educational attainment of our students.

“If we want to turn America’s educational system around, we must encourage America’s parents to remain together in a committed relationship.”