The Atlantic: The Art of Staying Focused in a Distracting World.
Guardian.UK: Creative Schools – we need to call time on exam-factory education.
Britain, but we in the US risk the same result: “... scarred by the media reporting of the Pisa international league tables on school performance, they have retreated into a self-defeating cul-de-sac of testing and assessment. As a result, we are at risk of inculcating an industrial education system producing compliant, linear pupils.”
I see one kid with a red backpack, walking home from school.
There is hope for the world:
so much relies
a red back
glowing in the
along the hike/bike
Apologies to William C. Williams.
JAMA: Autism Occurrence by MMR Vaccine Status Among US Children.
BBC: Does a US child go missing every 90 seconds?
Of those missing, the ‘truly’ kidnapped are more like ~1:7000 (if I did my math correctly; doubtful after this day). I believe the likelihood of a 20-something dropping dead is 1:2000, last time I looked. We don’t wrap 20-year-olds in bubble wrap and store them in closets. Let kids walk to school, play in playgrounds.
Variety: ‘The Little Prince’ Trailer Unveiled for Cannes.
I actually love that they linked it to ‘helicopter parenting’. With that one choice, it’s perfection. That will date the movie someday (I hope), but not eliminate its relevance.
Here’s to you, Saint-Ex.
Paris Review: Wordsworth’s Most Famous Poem Turns 200.
“I am sure it is a great poem [snip] but every ten-year-old Indian is tortured and tormented by [it]... As a kid I remember I had to memorize pages dissecting this poem, but one question always remained — What the hell is a daffodil? No Indian kid ever laid eyes on that flower.” Pffft.
Vox: Read a professor’s outraged tweets from her son’s abstinence-only sex ed.
You expected something better? And our tax dollars pay for this idiocy. Paper babies and condoms. Good grief. Another good reason for ‘free-range kids’. I learned more from other kids on the street than I ever did in Sex Ed.
WaPo: ‘Free-range’ parents plan to file lawsuit after police pick up children.
Three squadcars?! Over six hours of being detained, of which it looks like three were in the back of a parked police cruiser? No food, no bathrooms, presumably. Inhuman. Outrageous.
Own that exotic car you’ve dreamed of ...
WSJ: Good Mental Health Away From Home Starts Before College.
“Why mental illness seems to be rising among college students is unclear.” Really? See earlier today. If kids can’t venture out on their own, there’s no foundation of confidence to rely on. You go ‘solo’ in college; if you’re not a self-starter, you’ll have issues.
Guardian.UK: ‘Free-range’ kids taken into custody again - parents had to sign ‘safety plan’.
I oppose this idiocy with all might and main. Why they even need to be labelled ‘free-range kids’, boggles my mind. I learned SO MANY important things out on my own. Parents and schools can only do so much. Kids must be so impoverished these days. The tyranny of constant tracking and observation.
I feel for these parents. Once CPS gets involved, your life is hell. All those social workers, looking for advancement. “True believers.” You as a parent are ‘guilty’ until ‘proven innocent’ by extremely dubious standards of measure.
BBC: Mother who killed son with salt for web attention jailed.
TutorialsPoint: CodingGround, Free Online IDE and Terminal.
Spectator.UK: Stolen kisses & naked girls - much to wonder about in Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland
Shades of photographer David Hamilton (I won’t link; NSFW, perhaps distasteful to many).
SciAm: Mothers Who Eat a Newborn’s Placenta May or May Not Benefit.
A lot of ‘I don’t knows’, but: “Some people talk about actually putting the placenta in recipes, cooking and eating it that way. If that’s done, you probably are destroying any of the potential benefits that you might be getting, because a lot of the proteins and hormones and blood products are broken down by cooking. It’s not like meat. Meat is really muscle, and the placenta is not.”
BBC: Eleven Atlanta teachers teachers in mass cheating scandal.
“She insisted that she was innocent, but many accused her of pressuring the teachers to show improvements in scores which would unlock greater federal funding.” You know, I’ve wondered how prevalent this behavior is, given the linking of funds to performance. Checks and balances? Are there any?
Liberatum: Artistry/Technology. [video]
NY Times: Grown-Ups Get Out Their Crayons.
Youtube: AAA video analysis provides shocking results among teen drivers.
Ouch. Important to watch this; you’ll drive all the more defensively now. The way I used to cure this, was to have kids learn to drive a stick shift. No automatics until good driving skills are ingrained. The eye/hand/foot coordination required by shifting relieved boredom, and served to keep handheld distractions at a minimum. Not to mention that being able to disengage the engine via clutch in emergency situations saves lives. Via Cam Barrett on FB.
Youtube: ASTROBOY Reboot Teaser.
Some things should stay cartoon.
JeremyGreenwood: Economic model of the Rise in Premarital Sex and De-Stigmatization.
PDF. Parts are startling.
Collectors Weekly: New Evidence of Ancient Child-Trafficking Unearthed in Maya Sacrifice Cave.
“Though the data is still being crunched (the full report will be published when Lorenz presents her thesis later this year), initial analysis indicates that the children whose bones littered the Midnight Terror Cave did not come from the surrounding Upper Roaring River Valley, where the cave is located, or even from Belize. In fact, the young victims appear to have been brought to this spot from as far as 200 miles away (an enormous distance in the 9th century), before being taken deep into the earth to have their beating hearts cut from their chests to appease any number of angry gods.” Hmmm. See the chicken link of yesterday.
Youtube: The Collective Project - Robert Downey Jr. Delivers a Real Bionic Arm.
Historiann: Dad opens can of internet whoopa$$ on offensive Twitter jerks.
All Dads with daughters, take note.