Atlantic: Don’t Call Kids ‘Smart’.
FiveThirtyEight: We Tried — And Failed — To Identify The Most Banned Book In America.
NPR: What Happened To The 9-Year-Old Smoking In Mary Ellen Mark’s Photo?
Just about what you’d expect. I suppose this is what bothers me about documentary photography; I’d want to help everyone.
NY Times: ISIS and the Lonely Young American.
Exactly what I’ve been concerned about. I suppose ‘pen pals’ no longer exist? The last thing I want to see is a young, lonely, hormonal teen be used by these folks. We need to give them alternatives. Now.
BBC: Freeze sperm at 18, bioethicist urges men.
“... the risks from fathering children later in life were ‘really quite small’.” Yet in America, you can’t donate to sperm banks over the age of 39. So who’s right?
Guernica: The Arts and Humanities Aren’t Worth a Dime.
“A liberal arts education teaches you how to think, not what to think; it produces informed, skeptical citizens capable of absorbing, weighing, and creating all sorts of knowledge. It may not teach you how to change your oil or program a website, but it prepares you to learn any skill, and most importantly, to question how any task is performed, challenge conventional wisdom, and introduce new processes.”
WaPo: Haunting chalkboard drawings, frozen in time for 100 years, discovered in Oklahoma school.
SciAm: Harsh, Critical Parenting May Lead to Anxiety Disorder Symptoms.
NY Times: Anxious Students Strain College Mental Health Centers.
God help them if they get addicted to benzos ... probably all too easy, in a college environment.
PS Mag: No to Vaccination - A Cultural Explanation.
“Opposition to vaccination becomes, for many, intertwined with their perception of themselves as intelligently skeptical (a.k.a., superior) parents.” Los Alamos has this problem. Tons of PhD’s, tons of antivaxxers.
Farnam Street Blog: How to Read A Book
Would that school effectively taught switching between the levels. Most would just chuck a book at you.
Quartz: Most children are happy no matter what, but materialism catches up eventually.
“There is also a noteworthy difference in the nature of of kids’ carefree attitudes in rich and poor countries. Despite being generally happy, children in developed countries were relatively less satisfied with their body, appearance, and self-confidence.”
The Mischiefs of Faction: The Threat the STEM Focus Poses to the Social Sciences.
Telegraph.UK: Why do so many liberal parents hate Thomas the Tank Engine?
Are Thomas shows indoctrinating your children in Stalinist propoganda? A bit overwrought, to my ears ... but I haven’t watched an episode in many years.
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.