|The School System: The Incarceration of Children||by: Razi Berry|
There are many ways in which we go against nature and are worse off for it. Our food “system” is one big glow-in-the-dark example of this. We have so tampered with the food cycle that the very natural system to digest our food is affected.
I was pondering this and the many other departures from nature we have set upon in the name of science, technology and profit that I have sadly learned about in my last 11 years as a publisher in the natural health space. As a parent, I am concerned for our children, and find a loose, but eerie parallel to the way we not only feed our children, but the way we educate them. We have taken animals out of their natural environment; and we may be doing the same to our children.
|Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education||@: Waking Times|
Forced education interferes with children’s abilities to educate themselves.
In my last post I took a step that, I must admit, made me feel uncomfortable.
- I said, several times: “School is prison.”
I felt uncomfortable saying that because school is so much a part of my life and the lives of almost everyone I know. I, like most people I know, went through the full 12 years of public schooling.
- My mother taught in a public school for several years.
- My beloved half-sister is a public schoolteacher.
- I have many dear friends and cousins who are public schoolteachers.
How can I say that these good people – who love children and have poured themselves passionately into the task of trying to help children – are involved in a system of imprisoning children?
- The comments on my last post showed that my references to school as prison made some other people feel uncomfortable also.
Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car.
Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children's advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how youth marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world.
Consuming Kids pushes back against the wholesale commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children's marketing and its impact on the health and well-being of kids. Part 2 is below.
From: Truthout – by: Martha Sorren, Truthout | Book Review
Learn more about Disney's creeping cultural hegemony - read "The Mouse That Roared"," Truthout's Progressive Pick of the Week, reviewed in this article.
In American culture, Disney has become synonymous with childhood. Present-day grandparents grew up watching the animated films, wearing Mickey Mouse pajamas and begging to go to Disneyland. But while it all seems innocent, few people have considered the hold that the Disney Corporation has not only on their own lives, but on the world as a whole.
From: Truthout by: Henry A. Giroux and Grace Pollock, Truthout | Op-Ed
While the "empire of consumption" has been around for a long time, American society in the last 30 years has undergone a sea change in the daily lives of children - one marked by a major transition from a culture of innocence and social protection, however imperfect, to a culture of commodification.
Youth are now assaulted by a never-ending proliferation of marketing strategies that colonize their consciousness and daily lives. Under the tutelage of Disney and other megacorporations, children have become an audience captive not only to traditional forms of media such as film, television and print, but even more so to the new digital media made readily accessible through mobile phones, PDAs, laptop computers and the Internet.
Given the comic failure of abstinence-only – 95% of Americans have premarital sex – isn't it time the US got over its hangup?
Though most American youth continue to learn about sex most everywhere but in school, there is some good news: according to a recent report from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), the Obama administration and Congress in 2010 eliminated two thirds of federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage education, and, in a historic shift, allocated close to $190m for comprehensive sex education.