June 2, 2005

ECHO VS NARCISSUS:

U.S. student population at highest level (BEN FELLER, June 2, 2005, AP)

Leave it to today's school kids to trump their baby boomer parents. A total of 49.6 million children attended public and private school in 2003, beating the previous high mark of 48.7 million - set in 1970 when the baby boom generation was in school.

The growth is largely due to all the children born in the late 1940s to early 1960s, who have since become parents themselves, the Census Bureau said Wednesday. Rising immigration played a part, too.

"You could have predicted this back in 1970 when we had all those kids," said Mark Mather, a demographer for the Population Reference Bureau, which assesses population trends. "We knew they were going to have kids of their own. We have this classic echo effect going on."


The point, obviously, is that no other Western nation still enjoys the classic echo.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 2, 2005 4:42 PM
Comments

That's why housing is not in a bubble. You know, the bit about "have kids of their own."

Posted by: ray at June 2, 2005 9:48 PM

And that household average size decreases -- i.e. more people and lower persons per house.

Posted by: AML at June 2, 2005 10:46 PM

no

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