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    Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Read more at Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says - 9news.com.au

    An ABC Radio National program about whether “Having a loving family is an unfair advantage” has questioned whether bedtime reading is causing an uneven playing field for more unfortunate children.

    British academic Adam Swift told ABC presenter Joe Gelonesi the benefits of the time-honoured custom were greater than a private school education.

    “Evidence shows that the difference between those who get bedtime stories and those who don’t — the difference in their life chances — is bigger than the difference between those who get elite private schooling and those that don’t,” Mr Swift said.

    According to Mr Swift, the “devilish twist” was whether bedtime stories should be restricted.

    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.
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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    little house on the prairie

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    anne mccaffrey and laura ingalls wilder.....great stories to grow up with

    two mega collections of stories i read to my kids.....

    with the hours i worked.....that was my time that i carved out.....

    wouldnt have missed it for anything.....and if that gave my kids an advantage.....good

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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Welcome to the age of the internet, where in 4 day's time a discussion about Plato turns into FUD.

    Is having a loving family an unfair advantage?

    "Plato famously wanted to abolish the family and put children into care of the state. Some still think the traditional family has a lot to answer for, but some plausible arguments remain in favour of it. Joe Gelonesi meets a philosopher with a rescue plan very much in tune with the times."

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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by brothern View Post
    Welcome to the age of the internet, where in 4 day's time a discussion about Plato turns into FUD.
    How did I engage in "fear mongeing"?

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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    What is that really from? The Onion?
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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    “I don’t think parents reading their children bedtime stories should constantly have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children, but I think they should have that thought occasionally,” he said.
    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.

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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Quote Originally Posted by Lursa View Post
    What is that really from? The Onion?
    My first thought as well. It's legit as far as I can tell, but to be clear, nobody has advocated it be "restricted" or outlawed or anything. It's just an odd premise. I thought parents usually want their children to have an advantage and that that was regarded as normal.

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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

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    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.
    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!
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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.
    This was a Brit saying this. Take a look at the welfare state they have going on and this message fits right in.

    Then again, it could be the old reverse psychology trick, trying to get more parents to read with their kids. Inspire them through competition.

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    Re: Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says

    Utter nonsense. nuff said.
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