Recently, a friend admonished me for having suggested that not everyone appreciates the impact of changing family structure on life outcomes for American children. This came as a surprise in light of the many conversations I’ve had with well-read, politically engaged people who really do believe that talk of family structure is a distraction used by the political right to distract the voting public from the urgent need to increase social transfers. Fortunately, Katie Roiphe, who teaches journalism at NYU, has come to my rescue with a new piece that condemns the New York Times and Jason DeParle for having reported on the impact of changing family structure and that calls for more reporting that celebrates the virtues of single-parent families.
Suffice it to say, I don’t agree with Roiphe’s piece. But I certainly didn’t imagine it.