Revisiting the Moynihan Report on its 50th Anniversary



By 12/09/2014

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Education Next is running a series of articles on the state of the American family. The series will appear in our Spring 2015 issue to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 release of Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action” (generally referred to as the Moynihan Report).

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Moynihan and the Single-Parent Family
The 1965 report and its backlash
By James T. Patterson
Was Moynihan Right?
What happens to children of unmarried mothers
By Sara McLanahan and Christopher Jencks
Black Men and the Struggle for Work
Social and economic barriers persist
By James M. Quane, William Julius Wilson and Jackelyn Hwang
Family Breakdown and Poverty
To flourish, our nation must face some hard truths
By Robert P. George and Yuval Levin
One-Parent Students Leave School Earlier
Education attainment gap widens
By Kathleen M. Ziol-Guest, Greg J. Duncan and Ariel Kalil
An International Look at the Single-Parent Family
Family structure matters more for U.S. students
By Ludger Woessmann
Purposeful Parenthood
Better planning benefits new parents and their children
By Isabel Sawhill
How Can Schools Address America’s Marriage Crisis?
Prepare young people for rewarding careers
By Michael J. Petrilli
Government Should Subsidize, Not Tax, Marriage
Social policies have influenced the rate of growth in single-parent families
By Paul E. Peterson
Nathan Glazer on Revisiting the Moynihan Report
From the Editors
By Paul E. Peterson



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