An interesting question here.
So, those residential boarding schools in Canada. With graves of kids around them. An important subject because the death of a child is an important subject.
At which point an interesting question. What was the death rate?
No, not did children die – because this is, however shattering, something that happens. But how many children? How many compared to the death rate for children on the reservations (I know, they’re not called that in Canada but you know what I mean)? Even, compared to the death rate in the society more generally at that time?
Two hundred years ago child mortality – and yes, that was much more about under ones than school age children but still – was horrific for everyone. Something largely solved by drains. It’s still horrific in some parts of the world.
It’s Sowell’s question all over again. “Compared to what?”
The death rate at those schools was what and compared to what?