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This book, Love, money, and parenting, is, as is common, riddled with logical errors, but is useful for all that in keeping up with the ed. biz and what is being pushed at unis.
It is written by Europeans 'working' in the USA, where the money is better!
The authors start be dividing parenting into four (crude) categories - authoritarian, permissive, authoritative and uninvolved, the last one being slobsville!
One of the most egregious errors is to equate 'permissiveness' with liberal mindedness, and authoritative approaches with 'right wing'. This quite misses the overwhelming authoritarian approach of much of the current 'education' estalishment which hard sells permissiveness, a form of authoritarianism.
Despite their clear wish to push the party line, their results do show the most 'successful' outcomes are from the authoratative parenting groups. Permissiveness is a bit behind and, of course, 'unnvolved' trails way behind.
Another logical error is not comprehending that in a permissive society like Sweden, those expressing fashionable notions are liable to do better than those who are more 'realistic'.
There are many other lesser errors of logic, or what passes for logic in university sociology departments.
From a correspondent: "Of course we want to keep children safe. But exposure to normal stresses and strains is vital for their future wellbeing"
abelard's response is a commentary on the linked news item:
This is certainly an improvement on most of the rubbish posted by the Groaniad.
Nassim Taleb is among a few commentators who have a firm logic foundation.
'Balance' should be more emphasised.
Figures are often unreliable because of reporting shifts.
In a world where people are breeding at less than replacement
rates,the individual child becomes far more 'precious'.
In a family of three children, one death is 30%. In a family with 10 children, one death is 10%.
The worship of numbers is a form of idolatry (believing that the are proof, for example).
What is the average of 49 and 51?
With Gini numbers,
Always ask whether Gini numbers apply to capital (wealth) or income, and
If there is a greater proportion of billionaires in a country and you use 5%, you are likely to have very different results than if you compare 20%;
all governments lie with stats.
Some even stuff ballot boxes, while others control all the media.
Do you really believe a statistic coming out of China is of the same quality of one coming out of Britain, the USA, or even the EUSSR and, thereby, safely comparable?
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