Age 35, and something went snap. Grownups and Legos. My brother and I used to have a huge homemade laundry bag full of ‘em. Every rainy weekend they came out, to fill our time with constructing castles and mansions and boats and cars and ... whatever. I don’t think I’ve picked up a Lego since childhood, but I do recall fighting over who got the last ‘one-er’ or ‘two-er’ ...
10 Is the New 15 As Kids Grow Up Faster. “Several published studies have found, for instance, that some tweens’ bodies are developing faster, with more girls starting menstruation in elementary school - a result doctors often attribute to improved nutrition and, in some cases, obesity. While boys are still being studied, the findings about girls have caused some endocrinologists to lower the limits of early breast development to first or second grade.”
SF New Mexican:
S.F. High to have daily police presence. Five threats over the last four days.
The embedded Intrepid proves an uncontroversial way to show support for the military, for some politicos. The last time I was on board, she was quite tatty. The planes on deck had been stripped of engines, even gauges. What’s the payoff to climbing up a ladder to look into a stripped cockpit? Kids were walking off clearly disappointed ... the derelict state of everything on board didn’t serve to fire imagination. The Brooklyn Navy Yard, in its advanced state of decomposition, is more interesting.
SF New Mexican:
Police investigate 3 alleged sex crimes. Be careful in SoCap after nightfall.
SF New Mexican:
Santa Fe High: Shooting threat shuts school again. Apparently some kids like being ‘sheltered in place.’ Second day in a row. No doubt local crooks are noting that “we send every officer we have.”
SF New Mexican:
Shooting scare interrupts classes at Santa Fe High. This doesn’t make the national news, of course. But it makes me wonder how often this happens across the US.
... tubby little tykes, cheating at conkers ...
Hi-tech toys offer no educational gain, say researchers. But what exactly, one wonders, are these toys ‘teaching’?
Take this ban with a pinch of salt. One wonders that our ancestors didn’t keel over in droves from eating salt pork by the barrelsful, if individual research studies are taken at face value. Then again, children consumed beer routinely, because it was healthier than drinking the local water.
History Comes Alive for Students Tracing World War II Dead. There are so many who deserve remembrance. Alas, who remembers the torpedo squadrons who won the Battle of Midway at the cost of their own lives, and turned the tide of the war against Japan? The names of those fliers deserve wider remembrance in America, here are some of them. Here is information on the handsful of survivors. If not for these young men, Japanese would be the language of California today.
It was a coincidence that a rerun of “Friends” was running last night, and the cast couldn’t remember who we opposed in WWI. “Mexicans?” says Rachel. “YES!” says Phoebe.
As if historical conflict, and the successful resolution thereof, doesn’t keep their precious butts in designer clothes. Great that these kids in the article learn a valuable lesson. History is part of the present, if you have eyes to see and ears to hear.
The New Criterion:
Don’t know much about history. “Seniors scored 1.5 percent higher on average than freshmen. In other words, four years and a couple hundred grand doesn’t buy much knowledge of American history. If the survey had been administered as an examination, seniors would fail with an average score of 53.2 percent.” As you can imagine, this horrifies me; I imagine all aspects of history, not just American, are languishing. Knowing the past is vital to a bright future.
On perfect pitch, and the acquisition thereof.
Survey finds a decline in attendance for the arts. “... Americans 18 to 34 increasingly tuned out from the arts and the broader community.”
The effects of “religious fertility.” Hmmm ... sort of explains all the attacks on public school curriculi. Any secularization of future generations would mitigate religion’s power.
NY Times Opinion:
College Aid Cutbacks. As I’ve mentioned before, when I went to college I dove for the Pell Grant, but didn’t count on it to last all four years ... the Republicans have hated this program and have wanted to kill it since before I entered the hallowed ivy halls of learning. It didn’t look like it would survive my four years of college when I entered in ‘78. It’s been squeezed and dried and left for dead ... much like your average loan-paying student. Higher education should never cost a premium. It benefits all of us, to increase the overall level of education in our nation. It’s our future, for heaven’s sake ...
NY Times Education:
For Hispanic Parents, Lessons on Helping With the Homework. Hmmm. I could be wrong, but I think there are many of us who would trade a better grasp of colloquial Spanish language for mentoring schoolchildren. All it takes is a little structure.
Scientists discover the key to cot death. Translated for fellow Yanks, SIDS.
The truth behind women ‘opting out’. “They are pushed out by workplace inflexibility, the lack of supports, and a workplace bias against mothers.” I hear more stories of women being relegated due to pregnancy (in some convenient, ‘legal’ form), some soft-discriminated against because they are recently married and of child-bearing age (a ‘risk’), or singles having to work overtime because others in the firm are taking time off for kids. “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t” is the sentiment I hear expressed most.
Related: Expecting moms, take your omega-3’s.
you’re bored this morning.
“New federal rules let US public schools split up boys and girls. Research on the practice is inconclusive.”
SF New Mexican:
Teachers stand up for safety. Teachers cannot instill respect in youths; parents must. But if parents abdicate their responsibility, who fills the vacuum? Society is no longer structured along mannered lines. It seems young people no longer go out to learn or earn, they sour from hatching dreams of entitlement. Who celebrates hard but rewarding work anymore?
Related: I don’t agree with it all, but try this. In the past, I’ve already linked information about our ‘sibling society.’ This is just an extension of that concept, really, from one individual’s experience.
Where does one begin? This is nothing like the trilogy of books, ‘My Friend Flicka’, ‘Thunderhead’, and ‘Green Grass of Wyoming.’ So much for poor Ken Mclaughlin ... he’s had a sex change, and a modern coming-of-age interpretation haphazardly stapled on. Would you turn Frodo into a Frodette? Are males not allowed to express deep emotion? Try this with a Marguerite Henry novel (like ‘King of the Wind’ or ‘Misty of Chincoteague’), get lynched at the nearest horse farm by a stampede of youngsters. Forget about the film, unless you’re too young to read the books. You will lose some of the finest lessons that childhood fiction can impart.