The Heritage Foundation -> 2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity

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The Heritage Foundation -> 2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity

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The 2016 election cycle revealed a deeply unsettled spirit in many Americans. Job and wage numbers are often cited as the cause of such anxieties, but it’s more than just economics.

The 2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity, released today by The Heritage Foundation, provides a more holistic survey, reviewing trends in factors contributing to—or holding back—opportunity in America. The Index tracks 31 economic and cultural indicators over a 10-year trend line, providing commentaries from Heritage scholars, academics, journalists, and community leaders to explain how each factor relates to Americans’ opportunity to achieve upward mobility and prosperity.

“Most conversations about opportunity focus on economic indicators such as unemployment and job creation. But opportunity springs from much more than that,” says Jennifer Marshall, Index Editor and Vice President of Heritage’s Institute of Family, Community, and Opportunity.

“Family and community are powerful in shaping the opportunities Americans have to advance in this nation.”

Contributing to this year’s Index is best-selling author J.D. Vance, who notes that much of the conversation about opportunity has failed to appreciate the cultural dynamics contributing to it.

“Too rigid a focus on the material permits us to divorce concerns about opportunity from those about culture,” Vance, who wrote the highly acclaimed “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” notes in the introduction of the new Index.

Other authors include U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio); syndicated columnist Cal Thomas; Jennifer Lahl, president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network; Jeanne Allen, founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform; and Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund.

The full report is available at http://www.heritage.org/culture.

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2017 Index of

Culture and Opportunity

The Social and Economic Trends that Shape America

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The 2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity evaluates a range of factors needed to sustain freedom and opportunity in America. Through charts that track social and economic changes and expert commentary that explains the trends, the Index reports on important indicators in American society and analyzes what they mean for our future.

Culture

Culture Summary

Jul 20, 2017 1 min read min read

Restoring Hope for Ex-Prisoners: The Key to Reducing Crime

Jon D. Ponder

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

Crowding Out Compassion

James Whitford

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

How Churchgoing Builds Community

John Stonestreet

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

Why Life Is Winning

Jeanne Mancini

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

The Future of Sexual Integrity: Cautious Hope Amid New Challenges

Judy Romea

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

A Precious Natural Resource:The Developing Adolescent Brain

Christian Thurstone, M.D.

Jul 20, 2017 5 min read min read

Playing Catch with Pop

William Mattox

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

Fading Fertility, Ready or Not

Jennifer Lahl

Jul 20, 2017 5 min read min read

Marriage: Neither Rocket Science nor Child’s Play

Helen M. Alvaré

Jul 20, 2017 6 min read min read

A Generation’s Fading Dream of Marriage Reflects an Incomplete Truth

Reverend Derek McCoy

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

Poverty & Dependence

Poverty & Dependence Summary

Jul 20, 2017 1 min read min read

Needed in Federal Welfare Programs: Work, Work, and More Work

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

How Work Overcomes the Welfare Trap

Nic Horton

Jul 20, 2017 2 min read min read

SNAP, Work, and Opportunity

Angela K. Rachidi

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

How Housing Assistance Leads to Long-Term Dependence—and How to Fix It

Howard Husock

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

Human Nature in a State of Welfare

Cal Thomas

Jul 20, 2017 2 min read min read

It’s Time to Fix Our Welfare System

Rep. Jim Jordan

Jul 20, 2017 2 min read min read

Mom and Dad: Better Opportunity Together

Katrina Trinko

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

Out of the Workforce

Nicholas Eberstadt

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

General Opportunity

General Opportunity Summary

Jul 20, 2017 1 min read min read

Freedom From or Freedom For?

Andreas Widmer

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

Sabina Loving’s Taxing Fight for Economic Liberty

Nick Sibilla

Jul 20, 2017 5 min read min read

Where Do All the Tax Dollars Go?

Adam Michel

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

A Mixed National Jobs Picture

Greg R. Lawson

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

Why the New “Natural” Rate of Unemployment Should Not Become the New Normal

Rachel Greszler

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

What the Employment-to-Population Ratio Has to Do with Today’s Pessimism About P…

Henry Olsen

Jul 20, 2017 2 min read min read

High Student Loan Debt Threatens Upward Mobility

Mary Clare Amselem

Jul 2, 2017 4 min read min read

Fake Achievement: The Rising High School Graduation Rate

Lance Izumi

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

Future of School Choice Looks Bright Thanks to Minority Support

Israel Ortega

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

Understanding Charter School Growth

Jeanne Allen

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

Reading Is Fundamental to American Liberty

Gerard Robinson

Jul 20, 2017 5 min read min read

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