In our first class, we'll discuss an article from the NY Time's website, "Upshot" (a link to the article is HERE). In the article, the authors discuss a controversial study that did not find a link between parental engagement with children and child well being.
As you read the article (there's also a link to the original research if you want to view that, as well) ask yourself if the method used to measure parental engagement was a good one. Were there other methods that could have worked better? And what does this bit of controversy say about the relationship between social scientists and the press?