It’s Father’s Day in the US. For those who have/had good fathers, let’s be a little thankful. My dad immigrated to the US in 1968 – made a great life for my family, now lives 4-5 miles from me. Lots of love and guidance over the years. Thanks Dad.
Many of us may take that stable family life for granted. . .
Dads matter. Alan Blankenstein, author of of many books (affiliate link) on reforming the educational system notes the impact of dads on education:
“Fatherlessness is having a great impact on education. First of all, it’s growing, and the correlations with any number of risk issues are considerable.
Children are four-times more likely to be poor if the father is not around. And we know that poverty is heavily associated with academic success. [Fatherless kids] are also twice as likely to drop out.”
Correlation is Not Causation. Important problems are complex. The formula is not as simplistic as no father = no education, poverty, and crime. That said, there is definitely a correlation. A few statistics showing how the absence and lack of involvement of dads affects their children here.
- Greater risk of poverty: 4x
- More likely to be obese: 2x
- More likely to drop out of high school: 2x
Viscous cycle. Clearly, this is a systemic issue involving poverty, education, unemployment, drug policy, incarceration, and finally values. It’s a sobering thought – but let’s be thankful for our dads. Also, hats off to the many moms out there raising kids by themselves. Making it work. Superheroes.