Poor Behavior Is Linked to Time in Day Care – oh, scary day care!
Higher Vocabulary Is Linked to High-Quality Day Care – hmmm, that sounds good.
Of course, in the ever-present battle against working women, the New York Times chose the former for its headline yesterday and went with a story that focused on the negatives of day care. The story contained just one throw away line about the positive link to vocabulary.
It would have been simple to have done the opposite – the second headline above with a story about the positive effect day care has on vocabulary, with just a throw away line about the behavior effect (which, after all, was, as the article points out, merely “slight” and “well within the normal range for healthy children”).
But that wouldn’t have fueled the fire against working women or placed the article in the second spot on the list of most popular articles, so why would the Times do that?
– David S. Cohen