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    Filed at 5:42 pm under by dcobranchi

    Via Google News:

    One in 10 parents said they homeschooled their child because of the child’s food allergies.

    They only surveyed parents of kids with extreme food allergies.

    5 Responses to “MISLEADING QUOTE OF THE DAY”


    Comment by
    Tammy
    March 24th, 2006
    at 6:16 pm

    Hmm, I think it pretty clearly states the study paramaters earlier in the article:

    “Bollinger’s team studied 87 families with children treated at the University of Maryland Allergy Practice for food allergies. Parents completed a survey covering topics including grocery shopping, meal preparation, and kids’ social activities.

    Most of the children in Bollinger’s study were allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, or shellfish. On average, they avoided four foods due to food allergies, the study shows.”

    I suppose, they could have clarified in the homeschool quote that it was a stat from this study, but all the other quotes in the article were in reference to this study too. Any of the stats taken out of context would have been misleading.

    It’s interesting though, that 10% of the kids in the study were homeschooled.


    Comment by
    Ulrike
    March 24th, 2006
    at 7:28 pm

    I think it’s even more surprising the number of parents of kids with LIFE THREATENING ALLERGIES who insist on fighting to keep their kids in g-schools. If I knew that one little mistake (like a kid not washing his hands after eating peanut butter toast for breakfast) could kill my child, I would let go of the fact that “it’s my right” to send my child to a govt run institution. Saying so on food allergy support boards creates much uproar, however.

    Fortunately, my daughter’s allergies are not life threatening, and I homeschool anyway. 😉


    Comment by
    COD
    March 24th, 2006
    at 7:51 pm

    I’ve always wondered about the same thing Ulrike.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    March 24th, 2006
    at 8:34 pm

    It was only misleading when excerpted by GoogleNews. As an aside, I read the other day that the Canadian girl who supposedly died from kissing her peanut butter-laden boyfriend had instead died of a heart attack. It wasn’t her allergies at all.


    Comment by
    Ulrike
    March 24th, 2006
    at 10:14 pm

    Yeah, but the Canadian girl who died at school from her milk allergy did so because one person in the lunch room staff accidentally used a spoon to serve the safe french fries that had previously been used to serve a food that contained dairy. The minute cross-contamination proved too much, and she died before she could get to her epi-pen, which was in her locker. Her local news had done a story about her allergies & attending school less than a year before.