In his article that is included in this module, David Brooks wrote:
“If you want to summarize the changes in family structure over the past century, the truest thing to say is this: We’ve made life freer for individuals and more unstable for families. We’ve made life better for adults but worse for children. We’ve moved from big, interconnected, and extended families, which helped protect the most vulnerable people in society from the shocks of life, to smaller, detached nuclear families (a married couple and their children), which give the most privileged people in society room to maximize their talents and expand their options. The shift from bigger and interconnected extended families to smaller and detached nuclear families ultimately led to a familial system that liberates the rich and ravages the working-class and the poor.”
Do you agree with Brooks’ assessment of the future of families in the United States? Why or why not? Use specific references from the readings and content guides in this course to support your thesis. Once you have submitted your primary post (which should be approximately 500 words), substantively respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.
Remember to cite all sources (both in-text and references) in APA format. The following link to the Research, Write and Cite Guide will provide directions to information about APA citations.