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Category Archives: Childhood

The Sesamization of America

  DANIEL S. writes: I never much thought much about the negative social impact of the PBS children’s program Sesame Street, but Mark Steyn, in writing about Romney’s recent debate performance, states: Unlike Mitt, I loathe Sesame Street. It bears primary responsibility for what the Canadian blogger Binky calls the de-monsterization of childhood – the idea […]

The Things Children Know

  STEWART W. writes: You quote Neil Postman, “Through the miracle of symbols and electricity our own children know everything anyone else knows – the good with the bad. Nothing is mysterious, nothing awesome, nothing is held back from public view.”  Eve tempted Adam with a single Apple. Today we cultivate vast orchards of the […]

Waifs of Yesterday, Waifs of Today

    THIS IS a photo of a young girl who was taken in by a charitable organization in 1890 in Bristol, England. She had been either living on the streets or in a state of extreme poverty and was taken into a home run by the Waifs and Strays’ Society, which cared for more than 22,000 […]

When Children Played

  NOTICE this picture of a London alley in 1899. The children are playing outside and are dressed as children. The girl in the foreground is wearing a pinafore. The most startling thing is that they are playing outside with only one adult in the background. Remember when children used to play unsupervised games, with adults […]

The Sickening Pace of Early Childhood Education

   KATHLENE M. writes: This article explores how kindergarten has become worse in recent years. This excerpt interested me for the reason I explain below: How and why has kindergarten changed? In a word: testing. According to a 2009 report from the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Childhood, kindergartners are being taught to comply with state […]

A Little Girl is Publicly Cheapened

  AMR writes: I was looking through the headlines tonight and saw on MSN a video advertised as “You want to marry this kid when she grows up? Your heart might be broken until she gets one thing first.” I thought it was going to be a video on some goofy thing that a kid […]

Lugging Children Through the Shallows of Banal Love

  TODAY’S journalists are so quick to provide every mind-numbingly boring detail about their chaotic personal lives and so upfront about how indifferent they are to their children. This writer, in his description of his recent “courtship” in The New York Times, talks about his two children from two different women as if they are luggage stowed in the backseat, which presumably is what […]

Welcome to Barack Obama Elementary, Comrades

  DALE F. writes:  The other day, a friend sent me a link to a piece by Will Hutton, a writer for the UK Guardian, contemplating mostly with satisfaction the civilizational accomplishments of his (and my) “baby boom” generation.  This morning I saw this article: The first school in the D.C. area named after the […]

Is TV all Bad for Kids?

  ANNIE writes in response to the post The Cheapest Babysitter in Town: Do you think that any TV at all is bad for a two-year-old? I am really wondering what your personal opinion is. I was in agony when my little boy started watching TV around the time he turned one! I wanted to fight my […]

The Cheapest Babysitter in Town

  Children between the ages of 2 and 5 spend more than four hours a day watching TV and playing video games, according to a New York Times article on the latest surveys by Nielsen. This is the highest figure ever. Electronic entertainment is the cheapest and easiest way to entertain young children. As neighborhod life declines, families grow […]

Disorder Claims the Nation’s Children

  You’ve heard of ADD, ADHD, OCD and the like, and you’ve perhaps seen the children lined up at school infirmaries for their chemical supplements. Now, word is just in from The Onion of a new psycho-neurological condition afflicting the nation’s youth. This should have been discovered ages ago. Millions have gone untreated.

The Egalitarian Family and Spoiled Children

  Paul Velde writes: In your piece on men and housework, you remark apropos of another subject altogether, “The average woman wants control over her domestic realm and she doesn’t like the way men… manage the children.” Perhaps the operative word here is “average,” but nonetheless could you find time to expand on this point? […]

Therapists Abandon Children’s Interests

  The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) devoted a special issue of its bimonthly journal The Therapist to same-sex marriage last spring. It included articles both for and against homosexual unions. After receiving a barrage of complaints from homosexual activists and their supporters, the organization, which represents 30,000 therapists, removed the opposing pieces last month. It then apologized to its members and, […]

Playing House

Children forge their dreams in play. All children, except those who have been deadened in some way, have powerful imaginations. What’s so interesting is that they often dream of things, such as war, mundane domestic tasks or rudimentary construction, that adults come to view with disdain or boredom. Despite feminist orthodoxy, girls still continue to […]

A March Against Children

        The demonstration by homosexual activists and their supporters this weekend in Washington was one more visible and angry protest against the interests and rights of children.   The protesters are seeking legalization of  same-sex marriage throughout America. They romanticize their cause. We are at war agaimst hatred of homosexuals, they claim. Widespread hatred of homosexuals does […]