Open Culture: Watch Animated Introductions to 25 Philosophers.
Even these short excerpts may be too much for some short-attention-span individuals. But worth the watching, for those who have never had any exposure to these ideas.
Vox: More American children and teens aren’t just obese. They’re morbidly obese.
Gack. Well, I’ve pointed to this book before - expensive, but very much worth the price: Schooled on Fat. You will be shocked, I think. I was. It has the honor of being the first book I’ve ever reviewed on Amazon.
NPR: Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains.
“... you had the expectation that their brain - because their body looks like an adult - that their brain should also be structurally like an adult. Well, it’s far from the truth.” Even the medical community was slow to realize children are not small adults - you cannot medicate them by difference in weight or size. Now, when it should already be obvious, we find out teens are just as different. Earns another “Duh.” Second one in a week.
Italian Ways: The De Tomaso Mangusta - the beauty and power of a fighter.
Couldn’t recall why I liked this car so much when I was a kid. Then I scrolled down. Those dual side-opening hatches in the back. Corgi toy, or Hot Wheels? Can’t recall. But cool.
The Atlantic: Why Promising Baltimore Students Don’t Escape Poverty.
This shouldn’t be a surprise. You pull a child out of a bad situation, put her/him in a good one, they’ll thrive. Boarding schools might help solve this - if there were the will to vivify them. America might end up stunned at the excellence unleashed. I saw, via his childhood diary, how my own father (ensconced in an orphanage) went from near-illegible and near-unintelligible to quicksilver, witty and erudite in a few short years after being sponsored to a private prep school (where he had to shovel out the stables, do the most menial chores to stay). Riffing off an earlier post, ‘social elites’ felt he had to ‘prove’ himself by superhuman efforts in order to ‘deserve’ education. Physical labor, excessive hours ... and catching up to grade level? Efforts that social elites could never match, even if they wanted to. And that is what is wrong with having the ‘haves’ legislate aid to the ‘have nots’. They load the dice. The fact that Dad succeeded, is amazing.
The Atlantic: Why Reading Literature in High-School English Class Should Educate the Emotions.
I never thought to describe it this way ... but reading as a teen was *all* emotion. Feeling what the characters were going through. Perhaps it exercises and expands teens. Either way, YES: “Literary study should ... provide us with many complex models for understanding and responding to others and to ourselves.”
NPR: New Mexico’s Truth - Stunning Vistas And Child Poverty?
“I do think it’s critical that we draw attention to what’s going on with our children and our families here in New Mexico, but I think there’s a way to do it that’s actionable and that’s positive, and unfortunately I think they did it in a way that was destructive and divisive.” It is an unfortunate parody, but if you cannot get attention any other way, what choice do advocates have? NM Truth seems to push early education. We’ve found NM has a cultural resistance to early education. I’ve heard the term ‘indoctrination’ bandied about by parents. Perhaps a better strategy is one of pushing parents to educate their children to a higher level than themselves - and helping them feel comfortable about it. Early education isn’t the only education.
Alternet: Why Are K-12 School Leaders Being Trained in Coercive Interrogation Techniques?
Children are *not* criminals.
[When, O when, will we reach ‘peak ignorance’, and return to sanity?]
Vimeo: Still the cutest child in recorded history.
Smithsonian/NMNH: Collections Photo Gallery.
Oh mama. If I’d only seen this when I was a kid, starting my various bug and rock collections. Come to think of it, do kids even DO that anymore? On their own, no scholarly masters or helicopter parents forcing the issue?
LA Times: San Francisco State investigating confrontation over man’s dreadlocks.
“Wait, where’s Egypt? [snip] Tell me.” College fail. Everyone deserves better.
BusinessInsider: Smartest public high schools in America.
“Princeton High School is among the smartest in the US.” Speaking from experience, it helps that the town fosters a culture of intelligence. With Princeton University, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton Graduate School, Westminster Choir College, the Thomas Aquinas Institute, the Princeton Theological Seminary - and more - in town, all within spitting distance of each other. Everyone you run into is erudite, for the most part.
Paris Review: Creepiest Pop Song Ever? Billy Jay Kramer’s “Little Children”.
Different era, but ... really poor taste.
Mashable: Netflix picks up ‘The Little Prince’ after Paramount drops theatrical release.
Given the overall surge of anti-intellect, I’m not surprised. Netflix is doing great things.
Alternet: How the Cutthroat Walmart Business Model Is Reshaping American Public Education.
Ugh. Our current political climate clearly displays the effect of attacking public schools. The common good should not be privatized.
There’s an entertaining meme on Tumblr ...
... taking Donald’s “Apprentice” doll and putting it in various dangerous situations with plastic dinos. Or just putting pins in it.
NY Times: Starving Public Education.
Haven’t had a chance to read through, but they sound like first-person adoptee stories.
Literary Hub: The Beautiful, Proto-Feminist Snark of Jane Austen’s Juvenilia.
For any Austen fan. Perhaps things haven’t changed so much after all.
Dazed: Congratulations millennials, we’re totally fucked.
Mashable: ‘Nina’ distributor responds to biopic scandal, defends star Zoe Saldana.
Racism. Why do I say that? When we took care of orphans, a black family would never adopt a child blacker than the lightest adoptive parent skin color. Lighter, yes. Blacker, no. We took care of too many brilliant little kids who would never be adopted. Black newborns are smarter sooner — smile sooner, make eye contact sooner. What our culture does to all that potential, I just can’t bear.
SciAm: Can Kids Learn More When They Exercise During Lessons?
NewEconomicPersp: A Clinton Presidency has been/would be a disaster for Black Communities.
“The problem with Clinton’s claims, however, is that she betrayed children as First Lady. Under the guise of welfare reform, the Clinton administration worked with Republicans to gut social services, ignoring their own senior officials’ warnings that, by doing so, they would be plunging over a million children into poverty.” One of the major reasons I don’t like Hillary. I remember what it was like on the receiving end of this - I’d thought Reagan was bad enough. Clinton pulled even more of the rug out - and he was supposed to be on our side! Many of our newborn orphans suffered as a result of this. As the Republicans roll out the ‘edge cases’, the children get overlooked. The Clintons were supposed to be smart. Look what they compromised with: never forget “Don’t feed the alligators.”
New Yorker: Do Teens Read Seriously Anymore?
“Was it better once? I know perfectly well that there was never a Golden Age of Teen Reading.” Omigod, when I discovered Sci-Fi in my teenage years? You couldn’t GET me out of a book. Foundation Trilogy. Ringworld. More. So many more.
I suspect this has more to do with the paucity of children’s imaginations, than it does about reading, per se. In a visual world, why would they bother to create a compelling mental architecture of what they’re reading? They can always turn to Disney and Netflix. This is *exactly* why I was so slow to watch the LotR movies. The characters in my imagination were so beloved, I couldn’t bear to overwrite them with Hollywood equivalents. I’ve been able to differentiate the characters, happily. When I crack a book, I see my mind’s creations. When I view a screen, I let LotR take me to their very different destination.
Mashable: ‘Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2’ is cute ‘Call of Duty’ for kids.
“Baby’s first shooter” is a thing now? End of the friggin’ world. Just hearing that statement makes me want to sledgehammer my portable devices.