The Emperor’s New Project

Filling the pail

A recent study found something quite counterintuitive. Girls who were given an infant simulator were more likely than those who had a standard health education program to become pregnant in the following years. The idea of the simulators was to give girls a sense of how difficult it is to care for a baby and therefore reduce the chance of pregnancy.

This is not the final word in the matter. There could be specific reasons why this particular program failed and others might work better. But it’s worth knowing.

I’m pretty sure all of those involved with the infant simulator would have thought it was a great program. They would probably have told you how engaging the girls found it and how they had all agreed that looking after the baby was such hard work. This is why we need experimental data in the social sphere. We cannot trust out…

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