U.S. Congress
Politics and Public Opinion, Society and Culture

Americans ‘surprisingly uncertain’ what their branches of government are, new survey reveals

In the relatively short survey administered to 1,416 adults and published on September 17, 2014 (Constitution Day), the APPC found that 35% of respondents could not name even one branch of government in the US. Only a little more than a third of respondents (36%) could name all three branches of government. read more >

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Society and Culture

‘This Constitution…because I am not sure, that it is not the best’

Benjamin Franklin’s message was simple: he meant to sign the Constitution, and he meant each of the delegates to sign it also. “I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered.” read more >

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Society and Culture, Education

When Catholic schools close, poor communities suffer (and crime goes up)

For decades, research on Catholic schools has almost exclusively examined their academic effects. Brinig and Garnett take a novel tack. Rather than wade into academic effects, they use a rich data set of social cohesion measures and crime data from Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles to track the effect of closing Catholic schools on neighborhoods. Not to spoil the ending, but closing Catholic schools rends the fabrics of low income communities and can be linked to an increase in crime. read more >

Brookings: Percent of children succeeding at each life stage by family structure
Pethokoukis, Society and Culture

Why do the kids of married parents do better?

Over at Brookings, Kimberly Howard and Richard V. Reeves write on “why the children of married parents do better.” Is it, they ask, “because they have, on average, higher family incomes?… Or are two committed spouses better able to provide consistent parenting? Is it marriage itself that matters, or is marriage the visible expression of other factors, that are the true cause of different outcomes?” read more >