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...]

Online roundup: Disney critique, food marketing, modeling bad taste, women (not) on big screen, stereotypes hurt boys

In Snow White the message is: "It is important to be beautiful on the outside in order to be rescued.”

Every week I read compelling stories online that I usually find via Twitter and then share via Twitter. To make sure my precious blog readers don't miss these great pieces, I'm going to try to post excerpts from the best more frequently. Modern … [Read more...]

The latest on marketing unhealthy food to children

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PD, 14 years old, pulled a box of Rice Krispies off the shelf and put it into our shopping cart. I glimpsed the cartoon characters and was just thinking about objecting, when he said, “You would think these would have a lot of sugar” – because of the … [Read more...]

Clydesdales at the Superbowl: Does Budweiser market its beer directly to kids?

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Did you see the Budweiser ad during the SuperBowl that featured a heartwarming story about a horse who remembered the many who helped to raise and train it? It was a touching story. See if you can recognize the persuasive technique, via the Media … [Read more...]