The War Against Boys - The Atlantic (May 2000)

A great article on the evidence (or lack thereof) for the favoring of boys over girls in schools. Let's just say that the girls win in this case...

But more interesting, to me, is the following quote:

The sociologist David Blankenhorn, in Fatherless America (1995), wrote, "Despite the difficulty of proving causation in the social sciences, the weight of evidence increasingly supports the conclusion that fatherlessness is a primary generator of violence among young men." William Galston, a former domestic-policy adviser in the Clinton Administration who is now at the University of Maryland, and his colleague Elaine Kamarck, now at Harvard, concur. Commenting on the relationship between crime and one-parent families, they wrote in a 1990 institute report, "The relationship is so strong that controlling for family configuration erases the relationship between race and crime and between low income and crime. This conclusion shows up time and again in the literature."

Is Obama's call for fathers to step up so radical in the face of this evidence?