What was his sin? He said that children did better with two parents. Gasp! How naive. The problem is that his statement was true.
Charles Murray has done a lot of research. It shows the truth of Quayle’s position.
“No matter what the outcome being examined – ...or any...measure of how well or poorly children do in life – the family structure that produces the best outcomes for children, on average, are two biological parents who remain married. Divorced parents produce the next-best outcomes. Whether the parents remarry or remain single while the children are growing up makes little difference. Never-married women produce the worst outcomes. All of these statements apply after controlling for the family’s socioeconomic status.”What does that mean? Single parenting produces the worst results. Can a child come out of it? Of course, but the odds are against a successful life. Why go looking for trouble?
Marriage is not an option for raising children.
Murray, Charles. Coming Apart. New York: Crown Forum, 2012. Kindle Reference, Loc. 2658-72
To be continued...
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