I'm so over these Freakonomics freaks, in part because of the whole "a little knowledge" smugness they inspire in people. Like this Chicago Sun-Times writer Debra Pickett, who now wants to get slaphappy on the dopes who use carseats and those chump parents in "Strollerville," [presumably some child-filled area of Lincoln Park. Any Chicagoans there to help me out?] who insist on taking their children to museums and reading books to them:
It would only take a minute to highlight the passage in which a regression analysis of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study demonstrates that neither having a stay-at-home mother nor visiting museums on a regular basis significantly improves a child's performance in school.Naturally, the Freaks loved it.
But, really, who I am to point out to my Bugaboo-owning neighbors that all their child-rearing angst might be for naught?