ERIC Number: EJ1062060
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Government Should Subsidize, Not Tax, Marriage: Social Policies Have Influenced the Rate of Growth in Single-Parent Families
Peterson, Paul E.
Education Next, v15 n2 p64-68 Spr 2015
Based upon reflections from the Moynihan report of 1965, this author notes that the root causes of the growth in single-parent families have yet to be well identified, making it difficult to figure out where to go next. However, from 1965 onward, social policies have influenced the rate of growth in single-parent families. What is needed is a redesign of these programs so that marriage is rewarded and families are empowered. Despite the celebration of alternative lifestyles, most people, including low-income individuals, hope for and seek marriage and stable families. The author suggests a few of the steps government needs to take: (1) Reward marriage, especially for those at risk of low incomes; (2) Educate disadvantaged young people to their full potential; (3) Create new job opportunities for young workers with limited job skills; (4) Facilitate student access to a broad range of high schools, vocational programs, training programs and other institutions that offer young people choices and support during the key years of transition from school to work; and (5) Enhance the control of all parents over key decisions affecting the lives of their children.
Descriptors: Marriage, One Parent Family, Public Policy, Welfare Services, Tax Credits, Federal Government, Low Income Groups
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