Dads

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Dad and Daughters
Dad and Daughters,
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Studies repeatedly demonstrate that children living apart from their fathers are far more likely to be expelled from school, to have emotional and behavioral problems, to have difficulty getting along with their peers, and to get into trouble with the law. This has nothing to do with race, and it has little to do with poverty. In fact, according to a 1990 study commissioned by the Progressive Policy Institute, “[the] relationship between crime and one-parent families [is] so strong that controlling for family configuration erases the relationship between race and crime and between low income and crime.”

Meanwhile, always in search of band-aids, conservatives are adamant about the need for more prisons, and liberals are adamant about the need for more social programs, but no one is adamant about the need for more fathers.