Family Research Council

An F in School Is Good--If It Stands for 'Family'


By Tony Perkins
August 08, 2013

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It seems that on the path of education, only marriage makes the grade. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. As kids gear up for the back-to-school season, it's a good time to take stock of what really gives them the best chance for school success. A lot of people would say that what helps kids is hiring better teachers, or sending them to a specific school, or even making more money. And while those are important, the research sees a different path to academic success. Studies put together by the Marriage and Religion Research Institute show that children of single, divorced, and remarried parents have lower grades and test scores than children of an intact marriage. Being raised in a married family is a strong predictor of nearly every educational accomplishment throughout a child's life--whether it's high school attendance or college graduation. So what can you do best? Support your child by supporting marriage.

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