Arlene Skolnick

Arlene Skolnick is a visiting professor of sociology at New York
University and a founding member of the Council for Contemporary Families.

Recent Articles

State of the Debate: Family Values: The Sequel

The Institute for America Values has helped define recent debate about the family. But its writers have the facts wrong--the policies they encourage could actually make children's lives worse.




WORKS DISCUSSED IN THIS ESSAY

Maggie Gallagher, The Abolition of Marriage: How We Destroy
Lasting Love
(Regnery Publishing, 1996).

John R. Gillis, A World of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual,
and the Quest for Family Values
(Basic Books, 1996).

David Popenoe, Life Without Father: Compelling New Evidence
that Fatherhood and Marriage are Indispensable for the Good of
Children and Society
(Martin Kessler Books, 1996).

The New Crusade for the Old Family

A new wave of family restorationists says that the evidence on families is in and that the remedies are clear. Their case doesn't hold up.

What is the root cause in America of poverty, crime, drug abuse, gang warfare, urban decay, and failing schools? According to op-ed pundits, Sunday talking heads, radio call-in shows, and politicians in both parties, the answer is the growing number of children being raised by single parents, especially by mothers who never married in the first place. Restore family values and the two-parent family, and America's social problems will be substantially solved.