Family structure and parent involvement, especially fathers, has a massive impact on children and their education success. A college diploma is an important component in achieving economic success in today’s economy. An article by W. Bradford Wilcox of the University of Virginia looks at what is a key to college success.
I find that young adults who as teens had involved fathers are significantly more likely to graduate from college, and that young adults from more privileged backgrounds are especially likely to have had an involved father in their lives as teens.
Bradford Wilcox looked at the kinds of family structures most likely to facilitate father involvement; adolescents are much more likely to report that they have a father who is involved or highly involved if their biological parents are married. An involved father from all education levels is more common for adolescents living in an intact, married family.
The family is a huge part of the equation, involved dads is a massive part of the success of children academically. Bradford Wilcox cites a U.S. Department of Education study that found that children living with both biological parents with highly involved fathers were 42% more likely to earn A grades and 33 percent less likely to be held back a year in school than children whose dads had low levels of involvement. A young adult with an involved father is more likely to earn a college diploma. Specifically, compared to their peers whose fathers are not involved, young adults with involved fathers were at least 98 percent more likely to graduate from college.
Bradford Wilcox goes on to list mechanisms that seem likely links for parent involvement and college graduation: father’s knowledge, steer children clear of risky behaviors, family environment, and financial support.
The single biggest contributor to a young person attending and graduating from college is an involved father. The role of the family, marriage, and especially an involved dad is an incalculable asset to a child’s education success and higher education completion.