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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Boys and Girls Together

Today's WaPo reports on a study that finds:

Contradicting both sides in the long-running debate on whether boys or girls have it better in America, the most comprehensive examination of the overall well-being of male and female children has found that the sexes are faring about equally.

Although boys have the advantage in some areas and girls score better in others, they are doing about the same in a broad array of measures assessing essential dimensions of life, such as health, safety, economics and education, the researchers found.

Of course:
The study drew immediate criticism from advocates and researchers on both sides, with many saying it glossed over crucial gaps between the sexes or used criteria that biased the results. But several experts praised the work, saying the findings could bridge the often bitter, polarized debate that occurs whenever the sexes are compared.
Ok, as a framer of public policy, which group of "experts" and "scientists" do you base public policy on? And what happens when the next "study" comes out that shows something completely different from the one you chose? This is one, and only one, of the many reasons why science, and particularly social science, is an inadequate guide to public policy formulation.

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