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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Touchy, Feely, Empty

Kevin Drum and Jack Schafer expose the utter vacuity of the recent Page One article in the New Yokels' Times, titled "Many Women at Elite Colleges Set Career Path to Motherhood". Mr. Drum concludes:
This leaves Story with only one thin remaining hook, something she tacitly admits in the 33rd paragraph: the possibility that Ivy League women talk about being stay-at-home moms more than they used to. And maybe they do, although there's no real evidence for that either, aside from a tiny collection of ambiguous quotes from Ivy League professors and administrators.
But even if this were true, it would hardly be Page 1 material, would it? For that you need the survey. And the survey demonstrates nothing at all.
In short, the article is more of the usual, news for children. Evidence, continuity, and measurement remain Somebody Else's Problem.