"We sort our kids. We rate them. We chart them, and we measure their progress against the rest of the country and pray that they come out on the high end of the curve. And frankly, it's all horseshit. Every last bit of it. The competition industry is crushing us all."
Drew Magary, at Deadspin, unloads on the idea
that "these kids today" are little ninnies made soft by participation trophies and unscored soccer games. [more inside]
A woman wonders how she will teach her daughter about sex in an essay titled How I Learned About Sex
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Why Johnny can't code
- David Brin
asks how to get kids hooked on programming.
Suspension: It Grows on You
Is "Suspension" ever corrective?
Book of Short Stories
:: Short stories written by New York State 5th graders in 1931. (Be sure to read the About
page to get a sense of the setting of the times.) (via Thingamababy)
Ricardo Cortés has a new book
talked about here
. Previously, he wrote It's Just a Plant
, talked about on O'Reilly
and previously here
. He also plans to write a children's book about cocaine in the near future.
Keepon and Roillo
are two robots designed for non-verbal interaction with children. Keepon is shaped approximately like a snowman, with two cameras for eyes and a microphone for a nose. After one bar of music, he starts getting down in his robotic-type fashion. (two videos that need flash are the attraction here)
, a site for kids devoted to the archeological excavations of the remains of a Neolithic town in central Turkey.
A great introduction for all ages to this important city, with activities
, quicktime tours
to more in depth resources.
Teens, sex, and power of parents
How did you "discover" sex? from mom? school? Or the pals down the block?