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Sun, Aug 31 2003

Johnny Can Read--Read His Parents, That Is

Have you gone into a store lately and been nearly mowed down by children running through the aisles, and with no parent in sight? Have you been seeing the hype about having children on track for the "right school" by the time they reach the age of six (after they've learned plenty of bad habits from other kids at a succession of day-care providers)? Have you noticed that little Johnny's room is equipped with everything from DSL service for gaming to a membership card to the local spa? Have you noticed that most moms and dads can't wait for little Johnny to grow up and get a driver's license so that Johnny can drive little Mary to swimming lessons so they don't have to deal with it? And that Johnny has his own brand new car at age 16 so he can do all that driving?

Author Robert Shaw has something to say that will probably get career-track parents hot under their corporate white collars. But let's face it. What's happening now isn't working for most families, or for society in general. The Epidemic : The Rot of American Culture, Absentee and Permissive Parenting, and the Resultant Plague of Joyless, Selfish Children will be out later in September, but you can pre-order a copy.

posted at: 11:21 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry



Books In Bondage--The Censorship Game

What do Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Private Parts by Howard Stern, and A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle all have in common?

It would be an interesting challenge to write new literature combining elements from all the above books, partly as an exercise to see whether not not anyone would want to keep the rest of you from reading it.

posted at: 10:12 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry



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