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#1927 Sep 28 2015 at 7:59 PM Rating: Excellent
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#1928 Sep 28 2015 at 11:11 PM Rating: Good
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If that is the case, then I wonder, why is this an issue now? Helicopter parenting is certainly nothing new.


Maybe, maybe not. This is a pretty interesting article, in which the writer draws some conclusions based on the fact that unstructured, unsupervised play has steadily fallen out of fashion over the last several decades. That correlates to an increase in anxiety and depression in kids, as evidenced by 130 years' worth of psychological testing conducted on samples of students.



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Twenge suggests that the shift from intrinsic to extrinsic goals represents a general shift toward a culture of materialism, transmitted through television and other media. Young people are exposed from birth to advertisements and other messages implying that happiness depends on good looks, popularity, and material goods.


One reason I am glad we got rid of our cable. It felt like "all commercials, all the time" and to say I felt disgusted watching my three year old son absorb all of that loud, desperate screeching is a bit of an understatement.

And here I thought I was a bad parent for being laissez faire with his playing and sleep schedule. Maybe he won't grow up hating the world and all the people in it from a very young age like his old man after all. He is already very eager to start going to school and is extremely outgoing personality wise.

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How Coercive Schooling Deprives Young People of Personal Control, Directs Them Toward Extrinsic Goals, and Promotes Anxiety and Depression

During the same half-century or more that free play has declined, school and school-like activities (such as lessons out of school and adult-directed sports) have risen continuously in prominence. Children today spend more hours per day, days per year, and years of their life in school than ever before. More weight is given to tests and grades than ever. Outside of school, children spend more time than ever in settings in which they are directed, protected, catered to, ranked, judged, and rewarded by adults. In all of these settings adults are in control, not children.

In school, children learn quickly that their own choices of activities and their own judgments of competence don't count; what matters are the teachers' choices and judgments. Teachers are not entirely predictable: You may study hard and still get a poor grade because you didn't figure out exactly what the teacher wanted you to study or guess correctly what questions he or she would ask. The goal in class, in the minds of the great majority of students, is not competence but good grades. Given a choice between really learning a subject and getting an A, the great majority of students would, without hesitation, pick the latter. That is true at every stage in the educational process, at least up to the level of graduate school. That's not the fault of students; that's our fault. We've set it up that way. Our system of constant testing and evaluation in school—which becomes increasingly intense with every passing year—is a system that very clearly substitutes extrinsic rewards and goals for intrinsic ones. It is almost designed to produce anxiety and depression.[6]

School is also a place where children have little choice about with whom they can associate. They are herded into spaces filled with other children that they did not choose, and they must spend a good portion of each school day in those spaces. In free play, children who feel harassed or bullied can leave the situation and find another group that is more compatible; in school they cannot. Whether the bullies are other students or teachers (which is all too common), the child usually has no choice but to face those persons day after day.

The results are sometimes disastrous.

A few years ago, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeremy Hunter conducted a study of happiness and unhappiness in public school students in 6th through 12th grade.[7] Each of 828 participants, from 33 different schools in 12 different communities across the country, wore a special wristwatch for a week, programmed to provide a signal at random times between 7:30 am and 10:30 pm. Whenever the signal went off participants filled out a questionnaire indicating where they were, what they were doing, and how happy or unhappy they were at the moment.

The lowest levels of happiness by far (surprise, surprise) occurred when children were at school, and the highest levels occurred when they were out of school and conversing or playing with friends. Time spent with parents fell in the middle of the range. Average happiness increased on weekends, but then plummeted from late Sunday afternoon through the evening, in anticipation of the coming school week.

As a society we have come to the conclusion that children must spend increasing amounts of time in the very setting where they least want to be. The cost of that belief, as measured by the happiness and mental health of our children, is enormous.

It is time to re-think education.


This makes a lot of sense. We were considering home school for our son and future children, after reading this, I'm definitely a bit more inclined.
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#1929 Sep 29 2015 at 7:48 AM Rating: Good
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So Trevor Noah's first Daily Show aired last night, and apparently across multiple channels that freaked out my DVR for some reason. The writing is still good, and Trevor delivered well enough. Definitely different from Stewart, though it is just his first episode. Kevin Hart is never a good interview so that didn't help.

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A few years ago, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeremy Hunter conducted a study of happiness and unhappiness in public school students in 6th through 12th grade.[7] Each of 828 participants, from 33 different schools in 12 different communities across the country, wore a special wristwatch for a week, programmed to provide a signal at random times between 7:30 am and 10:30 pm. Whenever the signal went off participants filled out a questionnaire indicating where they were, what they were doing, and how happy or unhappy they were at the moment.

The lowest levels of happiness by far (surprise, surprise) occurred when children were at school, and the highest levels occurred when they were out of school and conversing or playing with friends. Time spent with parents fell in the middle of the range. Average happiness increased on weekends, but then plummeted from late Sunday afternoon through the evening, in anticipation of the coming school week.
This needed a study? I hope their next research project is whether or not the sun will appear in the skies between 800am and 600pm. I bet a pretty common response was "filling out a stupid questionnaire."
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#1930 Sep 29 2015 at 7:56 AM Rating: Excellent
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So Trevor Noah's first Daily Show aired last night, and apparently across multiple channels that freaked out my DVR for some reason.

Maybe it thought that the new show
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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Child Molester) is expected to offer a plea bargain to avoid a revealing lawsuit regarding his lying to federal authorities about paying $3.5mil in hush money. Federal law enforcement confirmed to the Chicago Tribune that the money was intended to hush Hastert's sexual abuse of at least one student while Hastert was teaching/coaching. Feds have spoken to a second potential victim but that instance isn't part of the hush money case.

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#1932 Sep 29 2015 at 9:22 AM Rating: Good
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But the kid could possibly perhaps probably likely maybe perchance conceivably peradventure God willing at all by any chance by any means could be if possible in any way not impossibly within realm of possibility be 14 so totally not a child molester and innocent of all charges!
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Sexually abusing 14 year olds is just like statutory rape! It's practically Romeo & Juliet!
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#1934 Sep 29 2015 at 3:01 PM Rating: Good
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I think it's a question of whether or not marks were left. Look what they were wearing, Hastert just thought they were asking for it.
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#1935 Sep 30 2015 at 8:04 PM Rating: Decent
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Putin to the rescue again. What a time to be alive.

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#1936 Oct 01 2015 at 7:26 AM Rating: Good
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I liked the part where Putin talked about how horrible police abuse was. That's like Todd Courser talking about the sanctity of marriage.
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Today is the deadline for US merchants to use "Chip & Pin" credit/debit card readers rather than the old swipe readers.

I have received exactly zero new chipped credit/debit cards.
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#1938 Oct 01 2015 at 9:20 AM Rating: Good
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Today is the deadline for US merchants to use "Chip & Pin" credit/debit card readers rather than the old swipe readers.

I have received exactly zero new chipped credit/debit cards.

Same here. Probably a later date on the requirement for issuers to update.
#1939 Oct 01 2015 at 2:40 PM Rating: Decent
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I've had a chipped card for a few months now; only one store I go to uses it, and for a while it wouldn't accept my card at all.
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#1940 Oct 01 2015 at 3:22 PM Rating: Good
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Most of my cards have been replaced with new chip cards.

What I'm waiting on is my new CC reader from Square, so I don't have to worry about having to pay extra then taking CC's.
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#1941 Oct 01 2015 at 5:29 PM Rating: Good
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Today isn't technically the deadline. That's 2018.

Today is the day liability shifts. If fraud occurs on a chip card and the merchant only accepts strips, they are held liability. If fraud occurs on a strip card and the issuer didn't give you a chip, they are held liable.
#1942 Oct 01 2015 at 5:32 PM Rating: Good
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My card expires at the end of the year. I am assuming I'll get a chipped card as it's replacement.
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#1943 Oct 01 2015 at 5:35 PM Rating: Default
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When I was in Malaysia, they didn't even know how to swipe my card because they have been on chip technology. Pretty embarrassing for the USA. :(
#1944 Oct 01 2015 at 5:43 PM Rating: Decent
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Another mass shooting. Shockingly, no guns allowed signs did not deter the shooter. Crazy stuff.
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Jophiel wrote:
Today is the deadline for US merchants to use "Chip & Pin" credit/debit card readers rather than the old swipe readers.

I have received exactly zero new chipped credit/debit cards.
We've had the Chip & Pin mandated for years here and I just got my last card replaced with a chip about 3-4 months ago. Assuming you guys work the same there as here (which is almost never the case but what the ****...) you may not get chip cards until your credit cards expire or you replace them.
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#1946 Oct 01 2015 at 6:38 PM Rating: Decent
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Another mass shooting. Shockingly, no guns allowed signs did not deter the shooter. Crazy stuff.

I wonder where he got those guns? Probably from some druglord who bought them off of a Fast & Furious agent.
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#1947 Oct 01 2015 at 6:49 PM Rating: Good
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Another mass shooting. Shockingly, no guns allowed signs did not deter the shooter. Crazy stuff.
I wonder where he got those guns? Probably from some druglord who bought them off of a Fast & Furious agent.
I see what you did there, Mr Trump.
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No, you didn't, stop joshing!
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#1949 Oct 01 2015 at 7:57 PM Rating: Decent
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Been using chip cards for years here. We even have just tap and pay debit now, no swipes no pin entry. I don't use tap and pay though, I have concerns with it in the event I lose it and don't realize for decent period of time (such as over night).
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We even have just tap and pay debit now, no swipes no pin entry.


Most of the stores I use my card at, I don't have to sign or use a pin entry when swiping. So it's not like the convenience factor of just tapping vs just swiping is that big.

Not saying anything about the ease of cheating magnetic strips vs chips. Or the use of a card number vs either of those options for online purchases and fraud that way.
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