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Freakonomics: Eye Opening Chapter on Parenting July 19, 2006

Posted by pakman050 in Life.
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I’m not done with this book yet, but it does have some interesting information. The chapter on Parenting and regression analysis for example has some interesting bits of information for parents.

16 Factors that were looked at to determin coorelation between factors and school test scores:

  • child has educated parents
  • child’s family is intact
  • Parents have high socio economic status
  • Family moved into better neighborhoods
  • Mother was 30 or older when she had her first child
  • Mother didn’t work from birth to kindergarten
  • Child had a low birth weight
  • Child participated in the headstart program
  • Parents speak English at home
  • Parents take child to museumes
  • Child was adopted
  • Child was regularly spanked
  • Parents participate in PTA
  • Child watches a lot of tv
  • Child has many books in the home
  • Parents read to child everday

8 of which show a stong coorelation (positive or negative) with test scores:
* remember “coorelation” is not the same as “cause”

  • child has educated parents (positive)
  • Parents have high socio economic status (positive)
  • Mother was 30 or older when she had her first child (positive)
  • Child had a low birth weight (negative)
  • Parents speak English at home (positive)
  • Child was adopted (negative, genetics play a role on this one)
  • Parents participate in PTA (positive)
  • Child has many books in the home (positive)

This means that the following 8 factors had no correlation to test scores:

  • child’s family is intact (encouraging for single parents)
  • Family moved into better neighborhoods
  • Mother didn’t work from birth to kindergarten
  • Child participated in the headstart program
  • Parents take child to museumes
  • Child was regularly spanked
  • Child watches a lot of tv
  • Parents read to child everday

Summary of the chapter… “It isn’t so much a matter of what you do as a parent, it’s who you are.”
[Freakonomics on Amazon.com]

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Comments»

1. Nalts - July 20, 2006

So I can put my kids on viral videos without fear of dissadvantaging them? Can you put that in writing for my wife?

2. PakMan050 - July 20, 2006

Insufficient data, Nalts! No ways I’m going to be responsible for how your kids end up.

😛


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