Family Research Council

Great Marriages = Grade Opportunities


By Tony Perkins
September 06, 2013

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Laws can make it easier for people to divorce--but they can't make it less painful. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington. Breaking up your marriage can lead to a breakdown in your children's test scores. That's what researchers found in a new study about the impact of stressful events on kids. Of 40 factors, divorce triggered some of the biggest problems in school--especially for kids age seven and up. In most cases, children from broken homes performed much worse on standardized tests. And as FRC's research shows, it's not just their scores that suffer. It's their GPA, graduation rates, behavior, and even college acceptance. Only 67% of kids in single-parents homes have high school degrees, compared to 85% of teens who grew up in traditional homes. "These findings," say the study's authors, "highlight the continuing significance of family separation, conflict and resolution on the educational attainment and well-being outcomes of young adolescents." So if you want your kids to succeed at school, don't fail them at home!

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