• Matt Yglesias needs to make ads

    His whole piece is worth reading, but this intro just blew me away:

    This only works if mom can read.

    It took me a couple of minutes to stop thinking about that in order to read the rest of what he wrote. What you see above should be made into a poster. It needs to be reproduced with other family members and with more races and ethnicities. It needs to be made into a whole campaign.

    Or maybe it just affected me. But in my opinion, well done, sir.

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    • I read Matt Y too and I saw that as well. That also made me stop before reading the actual post. I hope you don’t convince him to start making ads though. I’d miss the blog. 🙂

    • The ad IS compelling … and would be elevated were the sentence constructed correctly: This Works Only If Mom Can Read.”

    • The data on spending and outcomes bear precisely the same relationship to poverty in health care as they do in education.

      When you have to pay people in schools do things that parents normally do for their children, it costs a fortune and the outcomes are poor relative to spending.

      When you have to pay people in the health system to do things that patients and their families normally do for themselves – it costs a fortune and the outcomes are poor relative to spending.

      What’s fascinating is that the same people who acknowledge that you should factor in kind of kids that you are trying to educate when assessing school performance often utterly fail to take that into account when assessing health system performance in terms of spending and outcomes.

      Now we’re on the verge of formalizing this mistake through a flawed interpretation of spending and outcome data that will effectively penalize those who treat impoverished patients and communities.

      The fact that Aaron has been addressing poverty as is relates to spending outcome and spending statistics lately is quite commendable, and I hope that he is able to persuade others to do the same.

    • This only works if mom can read.

      I bet that it does not work, that is that reading to child really does not have a significant effect. See Bryan Caplan.

      Consider the children of immigrants too busy to read to their children or maybe illiterate. My Grand mother never spoke English but my mother is quite educated and spoke perfect English. BTW my grand parents went to school for just one year but were quite educated.

      Similarly, a person whose parents were both raised in Latin America and don’t speak English is going to be at a substantial disadvantage.

      I wonder why he did not say:

      “Similarly, a person whose parents were both raised in rural China or Korea and don’t speak English is going to be at a substantial disadvantage.

      Hmmm.