Hard to believe at this late date that this is news but the company Land's End is producing - by popular demand- shirts for girls that are science-themed.
Still on the clothing theme, there's a new campaign by a group, Too Small To Fail, to impress upon parents to teach their pre-school children news words by talking to them more. How?
The cute kid-sized shirts list conversation topics that parents can
use when chatting with their children. The campaign is designed to
address the so-called "word gap" that exists between children from
low-income families and those from more affluent families. According to
research, affluent children have heard 30 million more words by age 3 than children from low-income families.
of the things that families told us is that they know they should be
talking, reading and singing," Susan True of the Bay Area Council, an
organization that collaborated on the campaign with Too Small To Fail,
said in a promotional video for the campaign (above). "We also know that
families are so overwhelmed that telling them what they should do is
probably not that helpful."
True goes on to say, "So we thought,
'What about every time you put a T-shirt on a child, every time you take
a bath, every time you put the child to bed, these are all times that
families could take advantage of building their young child's brain."
Time magazine jumps into the "should anyone listen to stars about public education" fight by comparing Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. First, one is truly a character and the other is mostly real (should I spoil it and tell you which is which?) So for me, it's a dopey argument because you are talking about someone who is fictionalized versus someone who is exaggerating their own thoughts for effect.
It's funny because ed reformers get themselves all in a knot over the "outsized" attention stars get (lately, Colbert, Stewart and Louis CK) but what about those knowledgeable ed reformer stars like Andre Agassi, John Legend and Eva Longoria? We should believe them more?
What's on your mind?