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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Read more at Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says - 9news.com.au




    Uhm, what do you think? Is "unfairly" advantaging their children something parents should even concern themselves with or feel bad about? According to the article, it is.
    It was only a matter of time.

    When catering to lowest common denominator, yo have to bring every else down to their level, not raise up the lowest.

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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    Really?!

    We now should consider how our good parenting actions might give our kids an advantage in life while other kids don't have that advantage? We're supposed to feel guilty about that? Maybe we should feel guilty about feeding our children healthy meals and providing them with warm, functional clothing too.
    Aren't we supposed to teach our children to be individuals?

    Should we make them take a poll at school before we make any decisions on how we treat our children?

    The scary thing is that somebody actually said something this stupid out loud.

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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    This story made my head hurt. I don't see that he was seriously suggesting that bedtime reading be discouraged, but at the same time I think that framing the story in that way to "get attention" was seriously irresponsible and boneheaded.

    And even it it does seriously disadvantage those who don't get read to, so what? Stop it, already! Stop trying to drag everybody down to the lowest common denominator. Geez!
    You beat me to it, with that phrase.

    That phrase has been in my head for a few days reading stories like this on this site.

    The Baltimore Mayor set it off. She gave people room to destroy, instead of protecting the tax payers of the city from them.

    Lowest common denominator.

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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    The scary thing is that somebody actually said something this stupid out loud.
    You need to get out more. Equally stupid things are being said all the time.

    Then again, being stupid is a fundamental human right.

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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by logansrun View Post
    Maybe we could help them "step up" by giving them free coupons for books every now and then or something.

    "Two-thirds of Americaís children living in poverty have no books at home, and the number of families living in poverty is on the rise. Many public and school libraries are being forced to close or reduce their operating hours. Children who do not have access to books and do not read regularly are among the most vulnerable Americans." from: Literacy Issues


    "When we imagine people without books, we think of villagers in places like Afghanistan. But many families in the United States have no childrenís books at home. In some of the poorest areas of the country, itís hard to find books for sale. A study (pdf) of low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia, for example, found a ratio of one book for sale for every 300 children. Tens of millions of poor Americans canít afford to buy books at all." from: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com...hen-some/?_r=0
    I would like to inventory what other items they have in their house.

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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by LeoVlaming View Post
    You need to get out more. Equally stupid things are being said all the time.

    Then again, being stupid is a fundamental human right.
    I get out enough, but it is still scary that people can think like this. What got ****ed up in their lives to think like this.

    I bet he was read to as a kid, and now he feels guilty.

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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    I get out enough, but it is still scary that people can think like this. What got ****ed up in their lives to think like this.

    I bet he was read to as a kid, and now he feels guilty.
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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    I should take a picture of all the books I've read aloud to my class this year. It's a massive pile.
    So how does this fit with what this guy said? It sound like all the kids in your class are receiving the same benefits from getting read to.

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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    So how does this fit with what this guy said? It sound like all the kids in your class are receiving the same benefits from getting read to.
    But kids benefit from being read to at home at earlier than school age. And even once they start school, that bonding time where kids ask questions and parents answer, they sound out words together, a more nurturing (one hopes) environment than school....these things all enhance a child's curiosity and ability to learn.
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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by iacardsfan View Post
    So because there are some parents that are terrible and don't care about their children, all parents should purposely not help tap into their child's potential. Makes sense.
    That has been the way of "fairness" for 50 years, or didn't you know that. Why do you think our educational system is the suckiest in the galaxy?
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