18 February 2006

Missing the obvious

From an opinion article in the Batt: "Ironically, most European countries have astoundingly fewer incidents of drinking and driving [than America], despite the fact that young people in Europe drink more often and more heavily than American teens."

First of all, Aylsworth, there are fewer people in any given European country than in the entire United States. Second, while drinking ages are lower, driving ages are higher, so many European teens don't have licenses. Third, people don't drive much in Europe. They tend to use the public transportation systems. So of course there's less drinking and driving in Europe than in America.



Blogger Monty said...

Does no one study statistics any more? Sheesh. The J-Schools are turning out an entire generation of f**king retards.

Or am I just being cynical?

Also: I posted an answer to your Hemingway question on my site.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Peel said...

I saw that, thanks. Makes me feel as if my uneducated opinion has a bit more validity. I think we call that the "appeal to authority" fallacy. Or something like that.

A&M actually got rid of its journalism major a couple years ago (because the program was in such shambles that it would be better to start a new one from the ground than try to improve the existing one; I'm not sure when they're planning to start the new one), so we're just dealing with a regular idiot here. But even so.

And, irritatingly, my own major just got rid of statistics. Since I'm a year behind because of my co-op, I'm taking classes with the kids who weren't required to take statistics, so now we have to have a special lab section in which we're taught statistics. But only a bowlderized version of it, because we "don't need to know it all." ARGH!

10:09 PM  
Blogger Chestertonian Rambler said...

There is one other, very important, distinction:

Many Europe countries consider drunken driving to be an actual bad thing, not just a slightly bigger moving violation.

For instance, England:
Those once caught driving drunk loose their driving liscences. Forever.

And guess what? Drunks walk distances through Oxford far longer than the path from Northgate to Southside residence homes.

1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So is there lots of drinking and riding?

I think so.

d in t

12:25 PM  
Blogger Russ said...

I was only required to take a three-credit statistics course to get my Civil Engineering degree in the late 80's/early 90's. It was a fascinating course, taught by the head of the department. His philosophy was to "teach us enough stistics to know when we should hire a statistician". He didn't dumb it down for us, but he did find ways to work it into several interesting scenarios related to civil projects.

He really made the subject fun. OK, maybe not FUN, but it was a class that I never found a good excuse for skipping.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Peel said...

Concrete salesman!

(Just kidding.)

DiffEQ was my favorite class. I got 96 or 100 on every exam without studying a lick, and I really liked both the prof and the subject matter.

4:27 PM  

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