While much of the rhetoric of childcare advocacy is presented in scientific terms, it is not always the case that the arguments in favour of child care are as sound or as scientific as they may appear.
Research into child care, particularly that focused on universal or publicly-provided care, tends to be ideologically motivated and researcher bias is frequent. The child care community often produces work that over-states or misrepresents the results in its favour. Valid counter- arguments are frequently dismissed or ignored and economic assumptions are misguided or plain wrong. Finally, where results do withstand rigourous investigation, it is often the case that they lack broad applicability to Canada. In short, the area of child care research is a mine field of dubious and misleading work. Beware.
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