A Calm Storm

The blog of Sholeh Samadani Munion

It seemed obvious to me…

So apparently using your television as a babysitter/parental replacement is not actually a good idea! Shocking, I know, but it appears as though those popular “Baby Einstein” videos and other similar educational shows actually do more harm than good.  When I was working as an intern at Target in 2004, those videos were flying off the shelves. 

“…the only thing that baby videos are doing is producing a generation of overstimulated kids.”  I can see the drug companies doing little dances in their chairs as they count the profits from Ritalin.

Also, “The gene most closely linked to left-handedness has been found…”  In even better news, this gene “is also associated with a slight increase in developing certain mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.”

I’m left handed.  🙂

And finally, I was born on the Mississippi River, just a few blocks from where the 35W bridge collapsed in Minnesota.


7 thoughts on “It seemed obvious to me…

  1. Associated in medical / science / stats speak means where you find one, you will find the other (correlation). A slight increase is so vague its nearly useless. It doesn’t sound “statistically significant”, code for we’re sure this is a factor.

  2. i always had a feeling, when i saw those ‘baby einstein’ things, that it’s a bad idea to use the television to teach kids things they are supposed to be learning from practical, hands-on experience.

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