The absence of a father has a huge impact on a child. The impact is heartbreaking. The necessity for children and teens to have both parents that are engaged in raising, nurturing, and teaching their children is important.
Fatherlessness has a great impact on children and teenagers, and poses one of the the most serious problems today in education.
This was cited by best-selling author Alan Blankstein to NPR.
He [Blankstein] has spent most of his life advocating for kids who struggle in school. He wrote Failure is Not an Option, a guide to creating high-performing schools for all students.
The question was put to Blankestien, “So, just how many kids are fatherless?”
24.7 million kids in the U.S. don’t live with a biological father.
A U.S. Department of Education study found 39 percent of students, first through 12th grade, are fatherless.
Children are four-times more likely to be poor if the father is not around. And we know that poverty is heavily associated with academic success. [Fatherless kids] are also twice as likely to drop out.
Dropouts & Incarceration
Dropping out of school, growing up fatherless and incarceration appear to be connected. One study you cite from 2012 titled, “The Vital Importance of Paternal Presence in Children’s Lives,” shows that seven out of 10 high school dropouts are fatherless.
Does fatherlessness affect boys differently than girls?
The research that I’ve seen says that girls are twice as likely to suffer from obesitywithout the father present. They’re four-times more likely to get pregnant as teenagers. Boys are more likely to act out, which is why we’re more aware [of how they’re affected], but if a young girl is imploding, we don’ t see it.
Failure Is Not an Option: 6 Principles That Advance Student Achievement in Highly Effective Schools 3rd Edition
by Alan M. Blankstein is available at Amazon.