What We’re Watching: Revisiting the Moynihan Report

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On March 5, Education Next hosted an event to discuss the state of the American family on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Moynihan Report.

Senator Lamar Alexander, chair of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions,  delivered a keynote address. The address was followed by panel discussions on the causes and consequences of single-parent families and strategies to strengthen families and improve educational outcomes. The schedule is as follows:

12:15 p.m. Welcome
• Introduction: Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
12:30 p.m. Keynote Address
• Senator Lamar Alexander, Chair of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
1:15 p.m. Panel I: Causes and Consequences of Single-Parent Families
Chair: Gerard Robinson, Patten University
• Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution: Impact of Social Policy on Changes in Family Structure
• William Julius Wilson, Harvard Kennedy School: Concentrated Poverty and the Black Male’s Struggle for Work
• Greg J. Duncan, University of California Irvine: Family Structure and Educational Attainment
• George F. Will, Washington Post
2:45 p.m. Break
3 p.m. Panel II: Strengthening Families and Improving Educational Outcomes
Chair: Gerard Robinson, Patten University
• Isabel V. Sawhill, Brookings Institution: Creating Stable Environments for Children
• Robert L. Woodson, Sr., Center for Neighborhood Enterprise
• William A. Galston, Brookings Institution
4:30 p.m. Adjourn

More information is available on the event page.

The Spring 2015 issue of Education Next features articles  that document changes in family structure over the last 50 years and discuss the policy approaches that might be undertaken to address the social problems that have accompanied these changes. Read articles from this special issue here.

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