Children do better

Children’s quality of life improved from 1994 to 2003, concludes a Census report. The New York Times reports:

More are performing at grade level in school, more are taking lessons after class and on weekends and more parents — especially in black households — are imposing limits on television viewing.

“A Child’s Day” is based on a parent survey. The Times questions the accuracy.

Many of the results were left to half-empty, half-full ambiguities, and some seemed, perhaps, sugar-coated. For example, 47 percent of parents said they never felt angry with their children. Only 5 percent said their children often behaved in ways that bothered them a lot.

That does sound dubious. Perhaps the level of parental delusion is rising.

According to parents, 75 percent of children are working at or above grade level and one in four take advanced or gifted classes. That sounds like the Lake Wobegon effect.

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  1. mike from oregon says:

    First – let’s hope the government believes the report, then they won’t meddle in our lives more than they are.

    Second – it was reported in the New York Times, a paper that has made me discount 80% of what I read in it.

    Third – they need to hand out the drugs that these parents take, we could all use that altered state of reality.


  2. Mike, you beat me to it. I really want to know what drugs 47 percent of the parents are taking so they never get angry. We don’t have that many potheads, do we?

  3. 25 percent above grade level, 75 percent at or above grade level (suggesting 50 percent at grade level), leaving 25 percent below grade level…sounds like a bell curve to me, not a Lake Wobegon effect.

  4. not to mention that being ahead in one subject does not mean ahead in another subject, so the average ahead might be less than 25%. Also worth noting that tracked programs are built on the foundation that advanced in english means advanced in science and math and language and history.