To talk about building assets among families that are, quite frankly, not working, is to have completely missed the main pointThink tank promotes asset building Nov 04, 2002
What you need to do is increase the family's income by increasing work and marriageThink tank promotes asset building Nov 04, 2002
The Effectiveness of abstinence education programs in reducing sexual activity among youthExperts duel over abstinence programs Apr 24, 2002
The pregnancy rate for girls aged 15 through 17 in Monroe County fell by a statistically significant amount, from 63.4 pregnancies per 1,000 girls to 49.5 pregnancies per 1,000Experts duel over abstinence programs Apr 24, 2002
There was no evidence that these programs promoted or caused more teens to become sexually active or at a younger ageExperts duel over abstinence programs Apr 24, 2002
Robert Rector is a Senior Research Fellow on Welfare and Family Issues at Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank based in Washington D.C., where he has studied welfare, poverty, marriage, and family issues for the last 18 years. Mr. Rector has written over 100 articles and research papers, is the author of the book America's Failed $5.4 Trillion War on Poverty, a comprehensive examination of U.S. Welfare programs, and is the co-editor of Steering the Elephant: How Washington Works.
Graduating from the College of William and Mary, Mr. Rector later earned his master's degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University. Early in his career, he has worked as a legislative assistant in the Virginia House of Delegates, as a management analyst at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management., and as a commissioner on the Congressionally mandated Millennial Housing Commission.
In 1996, Mr. Rector played a leading role in creating one of the first major federal abstinence education programs in America. He wrote the legislative language authorizing and defining the new program, co-authored the report, Comprehensive Sex Education vs. Authentic Abstinence: a Study in Competing Curricula, and has since promoted legislation to strengthen marriage in low income communities as well.