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Monday, February 20, 2012

Will the Government Mandate Marriage so Childrens' Educational Outcomes are Enhanced?

For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage...

Does it Matter for the Children?

From the NY Times: Reviewing the academic literature, Susan L. Brown of Bowling Green State University recently found that children born to married couples, on average, “experience better education, social, cognitive and behavioral outcomes.” 

Can and/or should the government mandate that children born must be to married couples, then, for better educational outcomes? 

If there  are mandates on student personal behavior taught in school (healthy eating stressed and food controlled by adults, physical activity data tracked, sexual education introduced in kindergarten) then why not mandate parental behavior to help ensure a child's outcome in society?  Would it be labeled "Character Education for Adults"?  

Then again, that might involve a judgment in adult choices...but don't we make that judgment when smoking legislation is adopted for private businesses?  "No Smoking" is for the "good for society" and those affected by second hand smoke.  Aren't children educated for the "good for society" and affected by poor choices of their parents as well? 

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating question.

    I believe the government's goal, though, is not to improve education outcomes, but to grow the victim class--the permanently useless people who make reliable Democrat voters.


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