Behind the Headline: Still Right on the Black Family After All These Years

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Still Right on the Black Family After All These Years
2/11/15| Wall Street Journal

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Government Should Subsidize, Not Tax, Marriage
Spring 2015 | Education Next

Next month marks the 50th anniversary of the Moynihan report, which examined the growing problem of fatherless homes among poor, inner-city African Americans. “Ultimately, the Moynihan report was an attempt to have an honest conversation about family breakdown and black pathology, one that most liberals still refuse to join,” writes Jason Riley in the Wall Street Journal. Riley cites a new article by Paul Peterson in Education Next that points out that Moynihan’s findings “were totally ignored by those who designed public policies at the time.” Peterson’s article goes on to consider the ways that federal programs in fact discouraged marriage among those of low income.

More articles from Education Next on the Moynihan report and on the impact of family structure can be found here.

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