Obama White House Issues STUNNING ADMISSION in New Report: Boys Needs Fathers to Succeed in Life

The Obama administration released a report Tuesday on helping poor youth of ‘color’ close a so-called opportunity gap with their white peers.

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Will and Jaden Smith, publicity still from The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006. Source: Sony/Columbia via the Business Insider.

The report by the White House Council of Economic Advisers entitled, Economic Costs of Youth Disadvantage and High-Return Opportunities for Change, buries a key finding that boys need fathers or father figures in their lives to increase their chances of success in life.

One has to read until page nine to read this stunning revelation by the most anti-traditional family administration in U.S. history.

“Around 4 million poor children grow up in high-poverty neighborhoods, 9 out of 10 of whom are children of color, and disadvantage certainly affects these children. 45 However, evidence suggests that a disadvantaged upbringing—and in particular the increased likelihood of having an absent father figure— can disproportionately harm boys’ later outcomes.

Adolescent boys, regardless of household income, are more likely to engage in delinquent behavior if there has been no father figure in their lives (including both residential and non-residential biological fathers and stepfathers), while adolescent girls’ behavior is largely independent of the presence of a father figure. 46

Similarly, boys from single-mother-headed households are 25 percentage points more likely to be suspended in the eighth grade than girls from these households, whereas the gap in two-parent households is only 10 percentage points. 47 Boys in these families are also less likely to attend college. 48

The large-scale randomized experiment Moving to Opportunity showed that for young boys, moving from high-poverty public housing to lower poverty communities did not improve behavioral or health outcomes as much as it did for girls. 49 Researchers have argued that this gender difference in outcomes may be partly due to increased distance from father figures and other differences in social experiences that may contribute to gender differences in the impacts of these moves. 50”

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