Friday, January 25, 2008

Brandeis professor

Reynolds: "I think that false charges of racism aimed at a professor today are like false charges of unchastity or "loathsome disease" aimed at a woman in 1890 -- libelous per se."

Not just professors, I'd add.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Busy, important self-absorbed

I'm too self-absorbed to post right now, but I wanted to mention that via e-mail I got Jonah Goldberg to link that Flow Mo video. (I should have linked back to my archives to increase traffic! Ah, well.)

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

George McGovern panics

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Let boys be boys?

I can't find the post that sparked a debate here about boys playing war or guns or what-have-you, but the British government is now advising nurseries and playgroups to let boys play fantasy superhero and fantasy guns and what not.
The guidance, called Confident, Capable and Creative: Supporting Boys' Achievements, is issued by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
(Snip.)

The report says: "Creating situations so that boys' interests in these forms of play can be fostered through healthy and safe risk-taking will enhance every aspect of their learning and development."

It cites a North London children's centre which helped boys create a "Spiderman House" and print pictures of the superhero from the internet.

This led to improvements in their communication, ability to develop storylines in their play and skills in drawing, reading and writing.

That's not a whole lot to base a policy on, but it feels right to me. My three-year-old walks into a room and stakes a wide-legged stance that says, I'm ready for action! He strikes a tough-guy pose and tone of voice and starts something with me, and I engage, grateful that it's not girl play, which is boooooooooring! Girl play involves holding a pretty barbie next to your daughter's pretty barbie and having absolutely nothing to say about that. Sometimes my son's talk (I get you with my super power fire! for instance) slides into grunts, Urrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhhhh!

Get it? You don't have to have dialog!

Of course, I grew up in a family of six, with three boys (four if you count Annie), and that's the way they played.

And I did, too, if I was lucky enough.

(Via Dr. Helen.)

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