Houghton Mifflin brings execution horror into classrooms

If Houghton Mifflin's Channel One News really wanted children to see this image, why not edit it like I did? Was showing the knife to sixth graders that important?

"Houghton Mifflin's Channel One News makes the execution of James Foley the top news story for students down to the third grade. Picture of executioner holding the knife that beheads James Foley is shown to middle school students." Read more: … [Read more...]

World Cup marred by the advertising on ESPN

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My nephew, 9 years old, was watching one of the early games of the World Cup when he came into the kitchen and asked his mother, “Can we go see The Purge?” "Is that a kids movie?" she asked. No he said. It's rated R. Then he said, “What does … [Read more...]

Tablet computers, iPads in schools: Some answers, more questions

Out of the woods and soon, back to school with an iPad.

My son, PD, picked up his new iPad from his school yesterday. They are being distributed to all students going into the 9th grade at our suburban public school. A few months ago I posted here about my skepticism, and a fairly long list of … [Read more...]

Questions about tablet computers, or iPads, in schools

Update Aug 21: See part two here. This concept of having tablet computers for every student in a grade or an entire school is one that I've been wondering about. And now that my own school is considering having iPads for every ninth grader, I've … [Read more...]

Screen-free Week: It won’t be easy

Screen-free Week: It won't be easy

It's Screen-Free Week, but it won't be easy to avoid them, with screens proliferating in our environment. Here are some of the places I've spotted screens over the past year. Inside a TaxiAirplaneGas stationGrocery checkoutDinerShopping Mall Nail … [Read more...]

Violent airplane movies and traveling with children

This movie was playing on an airplane on which my children and others were passengers.

This is what US Airways thinks is ok for children of all ages to see while riding in its planes. That is someone's head he's got the gun held to. The movie contained this and many, many other images of violence. Also a provocatively dressed woman … [Read more...]