National Forum

Covers a wide range of topics including those of education, business, international affairs, and multicultural issues in an effort to provide documentation for professional research and development.

Articles from Vol. 75, No. 3, Summer

African American Families
A Legacy of Vulnerability and Resilience African Americans are one of the oldest and largest groups of persons of color in the United States. The first census in 1790 counted 760,000 African Americans. By 1990, over 30,000,000 were counted. African...
A Nation (Still) at Risk?
Today, more than ever before in the United States, children are spending more time, at younger ages, in a variety of nonmaternal child care arrangements (hereafter referred to as "day care"). The most direct cause of this dramatic change in the early...
Forum on Business & Economics
THE DOLLAR, FAMILY SAVING AND GOVERNMENT POLICY Lost Confidence in the American Economy? The world recently cast a resounding vote of no confidence in the United States, and indeed all of North America. Balloting occurred not in parliaments or the...
Forum on Education & Academics
A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in America from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country After many months of debate in the courts and the press, my local school board has established its right to incorporate sex education...
The American Family Crisis
Throughout our nation's history, we have depended heavily on the family to provide both social order and economic success. Families have provided for the survival and development of children, for the emotional and physical health of adults, for the special...
The Family in the Postmodern World
Without fully realizing it perhaps, we have moved into a postmodern world. The conceptual givens of modernity - the belief in unfettered social progress, in universal principles, and in the lawfulness of nature - have all been challenged. After two World...
The Family under Siege by Its "Friends."
The person who reads the publications or listens to the pronouncements of the Christian Right cannot escape the emphasis on the family and "family values." An undiscerning individual easily might conclude that at last the family has found the friend...
The Family Values Fable
One of the stranger spectacles of the 1992 presidential electoral season was the prime-time duel between Dan Quayle and sitcom heroine Murphy Brown. Dan threw the first punch, castigating Murphy for abetting cultural and moral decline by glamorizing...
The Two Worlds of Child Care
To hear some so-called experts discuss child care, one might think that the only objective is to substitute others' care for the shortest possible time while children are, regrettably, separated from their mothers. Underlying this nervous image of child...
The Way We Weren't: The Myth and Reality of the "Traditional" Family
Families face serious problems today, but proposals to solve them by reviving "traditional" family forms and values miss two points. First, no single traditional family existed to which we could return, and none of the many varieties of families in our...