Monday, April 13, 2009
This may be a touchy subject, but I'd like to share it with you anyway because it seems that many people are surprisingly unaware of the many ways television acts as a detriment to children and adults alike, including health problems, learning problems, moral problems, and a general sense of dulling our intelligence. It reduces our attention spans and creates a craving for constant stimulation to the point that reality is no longer sufficient to satisfy. Before you think that's a claim too bold to be true, do me the favor of reading this post.
"When the engaged lower brain sees the fast-paced flickering of the television set itself... adrenaline is released into your system, your heart rate accelerates, and your blood pressure rises. Since you remain physically passive as this happens, subsequent motor excess results. Motor excess as a direct result of watching television causes difficulty sleeping, diminished ability to concentrate, problems sitting still, and increased anxiety and stress."(10)
Television's irrefutable link to both high blood pressure and being overweight pose a serious health risk to viewers. “Given our national television habit, it is no surprise that we are raising the most sedentary and most overweight generation of youngsters in American history. As they grow, these children will run increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems -- unless they turn off the tube and become physically active.” - US Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.(1)
Monday, April 6, 2009
"What we teach children to love and desire
will always outweigh what we make them learn."
The primary gift of a good education is a love of reading. If you can provide the fuel to ignite this flame in your child, the possibilities are endless. The whole world is within his grasp. Not only is he exposed to different elements of language (rhythm, rhyming, language, sounds) and different topics then what may otherwise come up in conversation, but he is also given the ability to self-teach on any topic that peaks his interest.