When I wrote a post praising Barack Obama's mother, Stanley Ann, for leading an unconventional, mostly single life as a mother, there was a rousing discussion in the comments about what constitutes an "ideal" environment for children. Was it heinous that Stanley Ann left Barack with his grandparents to globe trot? Did she not have his best interests at heart? Well in today's Slate, Emily Yoffe argues that economically, a two parent household is statistically a better environment for a child than a household headed by a single mother. Yoffe makes the excellent point that most single moms aren't like college and grad school-educated Stanley Ann: "outside Hollywood, there aren't too many Murphy Browns—successful, educated women who choose to have children alone. The Murphy Browns actually get married: Only 4 percent of college graduates have children out of wedlock."
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