Complex Questions: What challenges have you encountered as a parent while finding information for your kids?

What challenges have you encountered as a parent while finding information for your kids?

By far and away my biggest challenge is…

Panning for Gold

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SOURCE: Tony Oliver

Or, sorting out proven evidence from the unproven.

Search engines have made it much easier to access, but the new problem is now one of wading through piles of data to get at the relevant insights you need to support your child.

Too Much Data

A German scientist, Lutz Bornmann, estimated that the growth rate of scientific publication (including evidence on effective tools and techniques to help parents) is 8% to 9% per year – that’s a doubling of available data every 9 years.

Lost in Translation

Parents that do seek information gravitate to media outlets. And this is where the real problems starts for us! Media outlets have, at best insufficient time and expertise, and at worst deliberately misrepresent data to fit an agenda. For example in general, the media:

  1. don’t have time or skill to translate science into lay-language
  2. do not critically appraise press releases and pass them on with minimal edits
  3. portray opinion as evidence
  4. are biased and misrepresent findings

What do you think?

This blog first appeared as an answer to a question posed by a user on Quora and answered by John Kerrigan.

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