Parenting Shocker

Apparently letting your newborns and toddlers watch the Baby Einstein videos does not make them smarter (from NY Times here):

They may have been a great electronic baby sitter, but the unusual refunds appear to be a tacit admission that they did not increase infant intellect.

Who could have guessed that video entertainment does not increase IQ and that children are not masters of quantum physics by the time they reach middle school from watching Disney marketed material?

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5 Responses

  1. Michael Lazorro says:

    People want to believe that they can do something to help their children be smarter. People are vulnerable to believing what they wish to be true is true. (Except in Amsterdam where a small but vocal minority wish for revitalization but believe that it is impossible or that we are unworthy, until we do X after all.) (At the same time they have faith in radio talk show hosts and take comfort in their guidance.) It appears to me that intelligence is primarily genetic with the environmental factors serving to provide opportunities to screw things up. This is proven at the Recorder where I assume they attempt to hire intelligent editorial staff, then the environment appears to convert them to drooling lack wits.

  2. While I don’t have any experience with the “Baby Einstein” series, I did buy my grandson the DVD, “Baby Irish: Growing Up Notre Dame”.
    I’m not sure my results should be calculated within any statistical data, though, as my goal is not education so much as simple, straightforward brainwashing…
    “Love the Irish!”… “Do not question why!”…

  3. Personally, I find civilization to be highly overrated!*
    *By “civilization” I mean the real thing, not specifically this blog. I don’t want that misconstrued, as I have a lot of respect for Flippin and his writings… Even when I don’t agree with his perspective. 🙂

    • flippinamsterdam says:

      I may not agree with many of the posts but you provide a forum for differing view points and you also run it fairly and openly and as your reply above shows, with a sense of humor, something we could all use a bit more.

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