Thu, 05/13/2010 - 18:11
The Emerging Technology Disaster
in Early Childhood Education
On Fast Companies’ Article - A is for App
To the Editor of Fast Company, Anya Kamenetz, the author, and Paul Kim, CTO, Stanford University School of Education, quoted on the cover.
Just look at Eliana and Germma Singer on the cover, both age three – so cool, so hip, learning their ABCs on the iPhone - the next Technopolitan cover girls. Next to them bold – red “The Real Smart Phone Revolution, How Tech Is Making Kids Smarter Everywhere.”
Sirs and madam, technology cannot and does not make kids smarter. Nothing can be further from the truth. Intelligence is innate, not learned or accumulated, and universally present in every cell of the body and all of nature. To suggest that an iPhone will improve this vast innate intelligence is dehumanizing. How dare you? 1, 2
Sat, 01/23/2010 - 22:04
As you know, yesterday the Supreme Court shredded campaign finance laws and lifted corporate spending restrictions. The reasons I believe everyone should be concerned about this dramatic act, the latest in a very long and continuing pattern, are best described by two people I respect: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Jerry Mander, author of The Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, In the Absence of the Sacred and A Case Against Globalization.
Fri, 12/18/2009 - 23:25
Some reacted cautiously to our recent post Why Males Are Disappearing.
First glance reactions often surface. It is called prejudice - a pre-judgment.
This is a serious and important issue, one that demands careful inquiry and deep understanding. I encourage you to revisit our recent newsletter.
Thu, 12/17/2009 - 08:05
Why Males Are Disappearing
And becoming more Feminized
This is important - A new report highlights the critical risks facing unborn males and male toddlers from gender bending chemicals found in everyday products.
Boys born to women exposed to hormone disrupting chemicals have smaller penises, feminization of the genitals, are more likely to dress in girl’s clothes and play with dolls.
Male infertility is rising dramatically. Young men today are half as fertile as their fathers.
Male births are declining compared to females at alarming rates.
Tue, 11/17/2009 - 23:37
John Taylor Gatto Interview - Epilogue
One of the most disturbing issues raised by John Taylor Gatto’s interview is the point that breaking the family bond has been a hidden agenda of compulsory government schooling from its inception. Slowly erode the adult-child relationship and the allegiance of children naturally drifts from the family to the authority of ‘the system.’ Do this long enough and the next generation has no idea what a deep and meaningful parent-child relationship looks like.
Tue, 11/10/2009 - 21:02
Sat, 10/31/2009 - 21:57
I Know What Love Is...
‘I love you, darling.’ ‘I love you, too.’ I love Pixel the cat. I love radiant sunsets, trees, grass, turtles, the way the ocean splashes against the shore. I love baseball, beer, good movies and trashy novels. Yes! I know what love is.
In ancient Greece Helen of Troy symbolized the prized possession of love that brough disaster to those who tried to keep her. A stolen bride is given in marriage to a wealthy Spartan king who wins her in a contest. Later she is carried off by Paris, the Trojan prince, an act that launched a thousand ships and a ten year war complete with a wooden horse filled with hidden soldiers.
Mon, 08/31/2009 - 21:16
Dreams Are Real (while we are dreaming)
A new bumper sticker reads: "Don't believe everything you think."
That's very good advice and we are going to explore why.
Consider, among other things, that the human brain and nervous system is a dream machine pumping out a near constant flow of images that are so real that we think they are real!
Mon, 08/03/2009 - 22:35
Prediction and Control VS Creative Human Development
Two mighty forces shape the debate raging around school reform, a social, economic and political issue every much as challenging as healthcare reform. What follows is some of the best thinking on this issue from two respected colleagues. Read both. You won't be disapointed.
Wed, 07/29/2009 - 12:00
Bonded to What?
by Michael Mendizza
Mainstream parenting, compulsory schooling and organized religion share a common goal – conditioning, modifying and training the hearts and minds of children – quoting Alice Miller, for their own good, of course. To accomplish this each and most every other cultural institution employ the same tactics – comparison, threats, praise, punishment and rewards, done primarily to maintain that institution’s place in the social order - often at the expense of the child’s true development.