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A female economist's perspective on the significance, and ongoing decline, of the family in society
A female economist's perspective on the significance, and ongoing decline, of the family in society

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Yes ! ! !

"But if we ever reached the point in our nation where even 25 or 30 percent of our kids are educated in the home by their parents, and oriented to life by adults who love them rather than their peers who most definitely don’t love them and teachers who might care about them but who have 300 other students to worry about, then we might see some real progress."

"Homeschooling is the next frontier in the conservative/libertarian/small government constitutionalist movement."

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/attention-small-government-conservatives-you-should-all-be-homeschool-advocates/ #Homeschool

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The American Enterprise Institute just released a study by W. Bradford Wilcox and Robert I. Lerman titled: "For richer, for poorer: How family structures economic success in America" Attached is one of their excellent infographics.

They find: "The standard portrayals of economic life for ordinary Americans and their families paint a picture of stagnancy, even decline, amidst rising income inequality or joblessness. But rarely does the public conversation about the changing economic fortunes of Americans and their families look at questions of family structure. This is an important oversight because, as this report shows, changes in family formation and stability are central to the changing economic landscape of American families, to the declining economic status of men, and to worries about the health of the American dream."

You can read the full study here: http://www.aei.org/publication/for-richer-for-poorer-how-family-structures-economic-success-in-america/ #Families #Marriage
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Great news! #NewHampshire's tax-credit scholarship program was upheld by the State Supreme Court despite the best efforts of the anti-school choice crowd to kill it. #EducationReform #SchoolChoice

http://www.edchoice.org/Blog/August-2014/Live-Free-and-Learn--New-Hampshire-Supreme-Court-U

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Check out J. Scott Moody's latest op-ed in The Federalist: 

Federalism Missing From Gov. Pence’s Medicaid Expansion Pence's Medicaid expansion plan would devastate Indiana’s economy by shrinking the private sector and, in turn, eliminating jobs and lowering income.

http://thefederalist.com/2014/08/20/federalism-missing-from-gov-pences-medicaid-expansion/ #Federalism #Obamacare #MedicaidExpansion

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New Blog Post: Standing up for Parents' Rights. #ParentalRights

Several recent incidents point to the erosion of parental rights over their own children. I think that the fact there is even a discussion about who has rights over children – the parent or the government – is profoundly disturbing. 

Thankfully, Oklahoma has decided to be proactive and has enacted a Parents' Bill of Rights. Other states must do the same.

http://phdmomdropout.com/2014/08/standing-up-for-parents-rights/
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New Blog Post: The College Wage Premium vs the Marriage Wage Premium. You may be surprised which is larger!

There is a lot of discussion in the mainstream media about the “college wage premium”—the benefit gained by earning a college diploma in terms of one’s long-term earning potential. Going to college provides many benefits to an employer, such as increased skills and a signal of work effort. In economic terms, college reshapes a person’s life by increasing his or her productivity, which higher productivity leads to higher earnings.

However, obtaining a college diploma is not the only life-altering event that can reshape a person’s life. Another major event is starting a family, which begins with marriage. After marriage, behavior often changes for the better, especially for men, as a person takes on the added responsibility of caring for a household. While harder to quantify, married people are more productive, as shown by higher earnings.

Unfortunately, the “marriage wage premium”—the earnings boost stemming from marriage—is not as widely discussed, or lauded, as the college wage premium.

Read the full story here: http://phdmomdropout.com/2014/07/the-college-wage-premium-vs-the-marriage-wage-premium/ #Marriage
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A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau clearly shows the tragic trend in the decline of marriage among women under the age of 23 having their first baby. It is now far more likely that a young mother will be single or cohabiting.

This results of this trend are so bad that not even the Census Bureau can hide it as they find ". . . that women with nonmarital first births experience higher family turbulence than women whose first birth was in marriage. Taken together, all of these data suggest that women with nonmarital first births may face continued disadvantage over their lives compared with women with marital first births."

I am digging into this dense study and will have a full blog post on this soon . . . please stay tuned. #family #marriage
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My latest blog: Family Intactness, Parental Participation, and Student Performance.

Read the full blog here: http://phdmomdropout.com/2014/06/family-intactness-parental-participation-and-student-performance/ #family #poverty #education #marriage
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