The Death Of Statistics

| Seattle, WA, USA | Learning | June 26, 2016

(It is the first day of a class on sociology of family. Most of the students are freshmen.)

Teacher: “One of the topics we will discuss is divorce. Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce, after all.”

(Someone raises their hand.)

Student: “I had always heard that statistic isn’t true. Actually, it’s fifty percent of marriages end in divorce or death.”

Teacher: “No… the original statistic is correct.”

(I’ve heard some varying numbers on the divorce rate, but I’m curious what other options she thought existed for the end of a marriage.)

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