Why can’t Johnny read? It’s a parenting gap | Joanne

Unlike Malia and Sasha Obama, 72 percent of black children are raised by a single parent.

Focusing on the racial achievement gap obscures the underlying problem, argues Ian Rowe, a visiting fellow at Fordham. The family structure gap is huge and widening. Reformers ignore “the explosion in unplanned, out-of-wedlock pregnancies and births,” he writes.

Fatherless kids struggle, regardless of their race, writes Rowe. If Johnny can’t read, there’s a good chance he’s growing up in a fractured family.

Consider a 2016 MIT research study that assessed the family characteristics and academic,…

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