Of course not.
But don't hate me for saying that. I know there are a lot of you doing great things as single parents and from single parent families who absolutely rock it.
It's just that I saw something last night that shocked me and challenged everything I thought I knew. Here's the money shot from SETH STEPHENS-DAVIDOWITZ of the New York Times Sunday edition:
"I recently calculated the probability of reaching the N.B.A., by race, in every county in the United States. I got data on births from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; data on basketball players from basketball-reference.com; and per capita income from the census. The results? Growing up in a wealthier neighborhood is a major, positive predictor of reaching the N.B.A. for both black and white men. Is this driven by sons of N.B.A. players like the Warriors’ brilliant Stephen Curry? Nope. Take them out and the result is similar."
What the hell? If there's one thing that we could all agree on - GOP and Democrats alike - it's that the best basketball players come from the toughest environments. Bad economics and single moms. Started from the bottom and they're here (NSFW Drake Reference, although the scene at the front of this video where Drake gets promoted to night manager at the CVS is worth the view alone. So's the one of his moms standing in front of the mansion).
If I can't believe in great basketball players coming from horrible environments from a talent story perspective, just what the hell should I believe in when it comes to where high performers come from? Davidowitz would tell you the following:
1. Wealthier neighborhoods mean two-parent families, which means kids get more non-cognitive skills like persistence, self-regulation and trust as a result of their environment.
2. Nutrition is better in families with more resources, which is to say two-parent families. Better nutrition early has tons of benefits, including but not limited to growing taller (important for ballers - but studies show lots of benefits for non-ballers as well).
There's more in the article, so check it out.
Does it mean that you should only recruit people from two-parent homes? No. But it might mean that a cross reference of performance from people who were born in affluent zip codes vs poor zip codes might be interesting.
Don't hate me for asking that question. If you tell me that the best pro basketball players don't come from horrible economic environments, what's next? We didn't really land on the moon? Pro wrestling is scripted?
h/t on the article to Laurie R...