Imagine for a minute a parent buys a new car seat. They opt for the most expense one with a 6 point safety harness almost roll cage type characteristics. The head off and have it installed by an expert. "Theirs is a gesture of love, surely, but also a gesture of what might be called obsessive parenting. (Obsessive parents know who they are and are generally proud of the fact; non-obsessive parents also know who the obsessive parents are and tend to snicker at them)"
And with that quote I introduce the book Freakonomics. It is a book that looks at how we act verses the data. A child is more likely to die in you neighbours pool than if you purchase a cheaper car seat. It explores the myth of how much money drug dealers make, attributes a drop in crime with the legislation of abortion in the US, and investigates how teachers cheat to improve the schools performance.
It also looks at what makes a perfect parent (from a statistical viewpoint), and highlights some things statistically that matter and don't matter as far as your child getting ahead.
4 things that matter:
- The child's parents are highly educated.
- The child's mother was 30 or older at the time of the first child's birth.
- The child's parents are involved in the PTA.
- The child has many books in her home.
4 things that don't matter:
- The child's parents moved into a better neighbourhood.
- The child frequently watches TV.
- The child's mother didn't work between birth and kindergarten.
- The child's parents read to her nearly every day.
I'll leave it to you to read and consider these things for yourself.
My key lesson: Correct analysis of numbers and data can turn up a heap of facts that I have never before considered.
|Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner|
Society, Provocative thought.
|Pages||306||one relaxing weekend|
|Readability||3||(1 = Easy, 5 = Hard)|
|Enjoyment||4||(1 = Never Read, 5 = Remarkable)|