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  •  small caveat; school teachers and university (0+ / 0-)

    professors are two different beasties, at least in the profs' POV.  In an anthropology class, one of my profs spent 3 days explaining how teachers were not professionals while profs were.  There is a definite difference in social status between the two

    •  oops. I misinterpreted "father's profession." (1+ / 0-)
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      "I found that father's profession was the best indicator of the profession of the child and other students found the same for lawyers, engineers, doctors etc. "

      At what point does the profession of the father leave your study?  My grandfather was a postmaster during WWII, so he got gas rations when no one else did.  He had a pump full of gas when everyone else was clamoring for it.  Was he, as a father, the best indicator of the profession of my mother?  Nope.  He just kept his farm running.  Your small caveat is absurd.  

      My uncle ran a slaughter house, and my cousin is a nurse.  What is the best indicator there?  Show me your charts.

      de fin able 1: able to be defined

      by paperscissors on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:46:30 AM PST

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      •  this was a research project for a grad stats class (0+ / 0-)

        back in 1979.  However anecdotes are not data and trying to apply class characteristics to a general population quickly leads to confusion.  However the class did find that professors tended to have professional educators or similar professions as parents
         Here is an NIH study
        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/...
        there are others out there

    •  two different beasties (0+ / 0-)

      POV: Profs are people who wish they had a better job.  Teachers work harder, for decades, for less money.  Pass this along.

      de fin able 1: able to be defined

      by paperscissors on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 01:05:39 AM PST

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    •  teachers are not professionals (0+ / 0-)

      Dad was studying for his doctorate when I fell in the bathroom and split my chin open.  I had stitches when I saw him in his cap and gown, shaking the hand of that guy.

      de fin able 1: able to be defined

      by paperscissors on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 01:29:45 AM PST

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