Now that Bloomberg is gone and the new Mayor is the progressive Bill de Blasio, the "tale of two cities" ends, or does it? The answer is that its going to be really difficult to end this division and one of the main factors are families that don't have fathers. Since the "Murphy Brown era", fathers have been marginalized. Yet the consequences of not having fathers in a household is staggering. In New York City 43% of school children live in a single parent household and the City poverty rate has increased to 21,2%, Black and Hispanic household poverty rates who had children were 35%.
While its nice to supply statistics about poverty and single family households, let's see what children grow up with when a father is living at home.
Father Factor in Education
- Children with Fathers who are involved are 40% less likely to repeat a grade in school.
- Children with Fathers who are involved are 70% less likely to drop out of school.
- Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to get A’s in school.
- Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to enjoy school and engage in extracurricular activities.
- Children with fathers are more likely to have financial security.
- Lower school grades.
- Greater absenteeism.
- Left back or expelled.
- Increased dropout rate.
- Increased drug use.
- More behavior problems.
- Increased pregnancy rates for teenage girls. (1 in 3)
- Greater incarceration rates.
- Unable to keep a job for long periods of time.
- No male role models for socialization and disciplinary issues.
- Lack of father's income.
Maybe the first thing the de Blasio Administration should do is to get fathers to support their children and make them engaged parents. Otherwise, nothing will change.