The Importance of Fatherhood to a Stable and Free Society

According to a University of Texas study, fathers are linked to better outcomes on nearly every measure of child wellbeing, from cognitive development and educational achievement to self-esteem and pro-social behavior. Children who grow up with involved fathers are: 39% more likely to earn mostly A’s in school, 45% less likely to repeat a grade, 60% less likely to be suspended or expelled from school, twice as likely to go to college and find stable employment after high school, 75% less likely to have a teen birth, and 80% less likely to spend time in jail. This session explores the data and more, best practices in the home, and the implications for a flourishing society.

Anthony B. Bradley, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies, The King’s College