False Choices in Children’s Literature : Dead White Guys or Trash

We just answered some mother’s questions about preschool curricula choices. The confusion arose because of some intended distraction fights among and between preschool educators.

Now, an even more pernicious false choice, even more intentionally caused. On the claim of needing to have diversity within the reading choices, all good literature has been banned. Good is defined as what has stood the test of time, and thus worth learning about. Further, it was replaced by tawdry, poorly written…. trash. Look, it is. Stop yelling and start thinking.

This situation in the classroom of teaching porn is heightened by the refusal to teach the classics. Diversity is great. INCLUDE female authors and authors of a variety of ethnic backgrounds or nationalities. Fine.

Reduce the book list  to only poorly written, modern books, especially on inappropriate topics, and you have ….   well, not anything worthy of being called learning. This is mis-education. And everyone knows it. That is why, instead of defending it, they get violent, first in words, then in actions, and finally in lawfare.


False Choice: Play or Learn

Thanks to some young mothers in homeschooling conversations this longstanding controversy arose, reminding me of all the wasted time I have heard this argued. Children should play! No! I want them to learn. This is such a false choice. It is a trap. It is what is called a “false dichotomy” as if there are only two discrete choices. This is not true. In this case, the best is a “both-and.”

In other situations, the best is something else entirely. It is not just home-school mothers who bless their hearts are just asking what is best, which way to go. I have seen educators engage silly disputes. Indeed, I have seen professors spur this on. And that is the problem. WHY is this such an issue.

New home-schoolers are just asking. But why would flocks of teacher argue about this for decades. Because it is what they were taught. Let’s consider that.  But first, let’s answer the moms.  Enable your child to learn while they are playing — as far as they are considered. As long as you get your head out of the 2D world and don’t obsess on making your two year old boy sit still, you have no problems. It all becomes easier when you see that.

Too much emf

French regulators ask Apple to fix their iPhone 12 because it emits too much radiation.


This is the first time I have seen this issue in a major media source. But we reported it here in 2009. At that time there was no episode for which I was more punished. Lots of people dropped their subscription. They were fools.

We have always known that there was some limit to how much radiation a person could healthfully take. Men in the military who were radio operators, even in wartime, had “duty cycles” means only so many hours they could serve on the radio.

Of course, how much is too much is controversial. And perhaps personal. Some people can feel an electrical appliance just a few feet away. Others, don’t even understand this assertion. Purveyors of course think the worry is insignificant. Until they are asked about it and then they may lie. It is incontrovertible that in Europe most countries ban cell phone towers within 2 or 3 miles of homes. Not so in the US.

When I asked about the cellphone towers yards from my house, lots of folks wanted to lie. The city lied to me. The phone company disclaimed ownership. A retired NASA engineer checked out my hours, wrote a report (including who owned the towers) and suggested I move. Since I had just bought the house and didn’t want to move, I looked for other options. I found that I had a friend who had a new siding for sale that by the way cut down emf. I could have bought special paint. I added certain emf reducing curtains.

Maybe I should get an affiliate link to some purveyors of products that lessen emf. At the very least, I should not be punished with lower subscriptions. Here are some tips:

Don’t wear your cell phone on your body.

Put it in a emf reducing case.

Don’t sleep with your phone next to you.

Don’t put your router next to your desk.

Turn your router off at night (this can happen automatically and it can automatically turn on again when a device asks for the internet.)

If you are sick and you don’t know why, try going for a vacation where there is little or no electronics and electricity and see if you feel better. If so, and if you can’t move to a place like that, there are clothing and construction and computer shielding materials to buy.

Please share.