**Big rise in births outside marriage
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This article presents many statistics, including an average, actual numbers and percentages.

In the context of the article, there must be an error in the fifth paragraph. It would be a nice exercise to check students' numeracy skills by asking them to justify why the claim of an overall increase in the number of births outside marriage of 70% since 1924 cannot be correct. They might suggest corrections which might be feasible. [It seems most likely that the year is wrong since the 'doubling' of births outside of marriage between 1961 and 1971, two paragraphs further down, is an increase of 100% in that 10 year period.

It is a good discussion point to distinguish the rise in actual numbers of out-of-marriage births from the rise in percentage of out-of-marriage births. Students may not be aware of why this difference occurs. Another possibility for the error is that the percentage increase is meant to be 700% since 1924, but we cannot check this since there are no figures given for 1924.]

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