The biggest factor in a child’s educational success

A British study has found that the biggest factor in a child’s educational success is the level of the father’s education.  That is, if the father is well-educated, his children are likely to do well in school.  And the father’s lack of education also manifests itself in his children not doing well.  The mother’s education is a factor, but not nearly as much as the father’s.

Is this just another example of a study proving what is self-evident and obvious?  So that fathers who value education make their kids study?  Or is there more to this correlation?

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The Supreme Court won’t rule on gay marriage

The Supreme Court has refused to hear gay marriage cases.  That means that the lower court rulings legalizing same sex marriage (in Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin, and Indiana) will stand.  Not only that, since these were circuit court rulings, the other states in the circuits must also abide by the lower court rulings. That legalizes gay marriage in North Carolina, West Virginia, South Carolina, Wyoming, Kansas and Colorado.  Then again, the lower court ruling that upheld Louisiana’s law against same-sex marriage also stands.

So opponents of gay marriage are not pleased by the Supreme Court’s ducking of the issue, but neither are supporters, who had hoped that the court would legalize gay marriage nationwide. [Read more...]

Catholics begin synod on marriage & sexual morality

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is underway at the Vatican.  Two hundred bishops of the Roman Catholic Church summoned by the Pope will discuss the church’s teachings about marriage, divorce, contraceptives, annullments, and sexual morality.  In particular, the bishops will study the pastoral issues such teachings raise, such as whether divorced Catholics should receive be allowed to Communion and the fact that most Catholics ignore the church’s teachings about birth control, among other teachings on sex and family. [Read more...]

The abortion talk

My daughter has published a brilliant article in the Federalist!  I am so proud.  From Mary Moerbe, NPR Forced Me To Have The Talk With My Six-Year-Old:

It crept up on me, but it was suddenly time to have the talk. I switched off the radio as I was driving my oldest daughter to a lesson, and slowly let out my breath. Obviously, my daughter was feeling things she had never felt before, and a quick glance was enough to tell me that now was a time she needed me to talk. She asked, “Mommy, what were they talking about, ending pregnancies?” [Read more...]

Automatic birth control?

Ruth Marcus cites a “thought experiment” put forward in a new book:

Imagine that all women in the United States, upon becoming sexually active, were automatically fitted with an intrauterine device or other form of long-acting birth control. [Read more...]

Singles’ nation

For the first time since records were kept, a majority of American adults are single. [Read more...]


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