I had to shake my head when I came across Peter Gleick’s Twitter comment about a Toys R Us spot. Incredibly he writes: “My wife and I saw this ad and looked at each other speechless. And angry. Perhaps the most offensive we’ve ever seen.”
Warning: If you hate happy kids, then you aren’t going to like the above clip!
At first I thought Gleick was joking, but then I was horrified to discover he and his wife really mean it. Gleick and his ilk are freaking out because a teacher has 8-year olds playing with toys instead of collectively learning the names of tree leaves.
Damn it! Those little brats have got to learn and love tree leaves!
To me this confirms that Gleick is a…well, never mind – I’m not going to accomplish anything with insults, as deserved as they may be.
Gleick’s remark reminds me when I was in science class the in 5th grade. Three or four weeks long the teacher tried to pound the names of ferns into us – I’m not kidding. And she even expected us to love the subject as much as she did. And if you didn’t, she punished you with a failing grade. And that’s what I got. And to this day I have no regrets about it. Those 4 weeks were a period in my life when I completely tuned out science, and I remember thinking how utterly boring it was. I recall demonstratively refusing to participate in the nonsense.
On the other hand, my oldest brother had a telescope and I remember using it often, even buying a book about astronomy and learning all the names of the planets and knowing their distance from the sun. That was fun. But ferns?
The Toy R Us teacher deserves a medal for outstanding education
If anything the teacher on the Toys R Us bus deserves a medal because he refuses to destroy the scientific curiosity of his school kids with the senseless, trivial and excruciatingly boring activity of collective and regimented memorization of tree leaves.
Believe me, with a toy they love, kids can learn magnitudes more about physics, science, mathematics, sociology and engineering than they ever will with communist-style, repeat-after-me collective programming and thought control.
Nothing stimulates a child’s mind more than a toy
Just look at the kids’ faces in that Toys R Us store. Imagine what’s going through their minds and what they will do with the toys of their choice.
How many hours will they spend playing in the dirt or sand with that truck? What is that child going to discover under that microscope, and about optics in general? What dreams and fantasies is that little girl going to experience with the doll house? What physics is the little girl going to learn from the spinning doll? How much is that bicycle going to expand the child’s world and improve his motor-coordination? Can’t the Gleicks see this?
The Toys R Us spot is wonderful just watching all joy in the kids’ faces. But I guess all that happiness is a bit too much to take for the Gleicks and the wackos at Grist and Sierra Club. Horrors! Kids experiencing their own dreams and not being collectively tortured and turned off by instituted boredom. In the narrow mind of the zealot environmentalist, small children have to be terrified of climate and nature, they have to learn to love trees – and to not be happy discovering through toys.
Gleick and his ilk display an astonishing level of blind-mindedness in that they are unable to see the obvious benefits of children freely selecting their own toys and pursing their own interests. One little girl in the spot says something that even Professor Gleick could learn from:
A princess is always loyal and never gives up, and always follows her dreams.”
Right you are, and never forget it. Never give up, and always follow your dreams.
Kids don’t need green thought control.
PS: Write to Toys R Us and tell them that the spot is the best they’ve ever had.
18 responses to “Professor Gleick Most Offended Because 8-Year Old Kids Prefer Toys Over Tree Leaf Education!”
How can any healthy mind not like that spot with so many beaming happy kids’ faces? I’m truly boggled that the eco-wackos are offended by it!
Oh! kids aren’t supposed to be bored by tree leaves. The Green religion has been insulted. Blasphemy!
Gleick’s a grinch. Lovely kids indeed.
And I didn’t know they have real hovering elfs at Toys’R’Us. I want one.
You do write some good stuff!
Kids are just great, but so badly understood.
If I recall my school days (not a pleasant thing to do), it is the French that was the worst. All my questions about the nature of language were seen as mockery, and monkey business, which eventually I guess it was. But in fact, I would need these building blocks in order to understand the rest. Many kids don’t need the foundations or logic, they just remember everything somehow.
In my view, all people are special, and children even more so. How is it that some people don’t think this way? What do they think kids are? some of these people consider them as parasites from the moment of conception, and publish such stuff in peer reviewed journals (though I forget where I read it). Still others in the same league have proposed extending the abortion time limit to 1 month or more after the birth!
What goes on below the surface sometimes bubbles up and become visible. In this case something has bubbled up, but from where? It is the thing below the surface that is the most interesting and most dangerous. Discussing it is more or less forbidden though.
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Hey, don’t knock the leaves! We had to make a leaf collection in 9th grade biology. We got to use keys and look for characteristics on real leaves and also could collect them at a nearby arboretum. It turned out to be a very good time for me to get interested in such stuff and I mounted them on poster board covered with clear self-adhesive plastic with more used for hinges.
I bought a guide for ferns a few years later. More technical, not as many genera or shared characteristics. A lot less interesting. Yeah, I’d say good for 5th grade torture!
5th grade is probably a very good year for planets and constellations, binoculars bring in some star clusters, nebulae, and the Milky Way. I’m sure you noticed one of the kids checking out the telescope.
Gleick is one of those miserable statist arseholes who think he knows what’s good for every one else screw him
A true green has no idea what fun is because they lack its essential prerequisite; a sense of humour. It’s a test I apply to them, just like the Voight-Kampff Empathy test in Bladerunner. They’re never happy to fail it either …
The message is strong. Kids (like the rest of us) prefer Freedom. Gleick’s movement is doomed. What a Godforsaken wanker!
Two short clips
ca. 1990 – Iron Mountain Agenda, enviroscan, Agenda 21, Debt For Land Swap;
prophecy: And he will divide the land for gain
2009 COP15: David Rothschild – rather miffed that global governance couldn’t be pushed through
EU outlaws chocolate cigarettes. German article.
A minor tomfoolery; but another life sign of 50,000 Eurocrats doing their thing; outlawing something in the name of PC.
Where do I suggest that the EUcrats follow the US lead (from the 1930s) and ban those oh-so-dangerous Kinder Eggs?
My daughter got busted from bringing one from Canada. Such a blot on the family name.
My mother used to smoke and would sometimes buy us candy cigarettes for fun. Pretty lousy candy, but they were fun. They were just extruded confectioner’s sugar and a little red food coloring.
Somehow I never got addicted to real cigarettes and was more of an activist angainst smoking until I realized I was a Libertarian. So smoke in your own space and please die early to save Medicare money.
Perhaps if those candy cigarettes had a chocolate core. Nah, that would have just helped make me a chocolate addcit.
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I had a comment here as well (this morning). Has it been lost?
I checked over the spam (now getting over 5000 daily) and did not see anything. With all the spam out there I’m thinking of halting comments altogether. Lately I’ve been getting more (legitimate) complaints about comments not appearing and I’m spending too much time chasing after them. Not sure what to do.
Try a whitelist. http://suyts.wordpress.com does it that way.
Thanks, Pierre, never mind! Wasn’t important anyway.
If I want to comment, I will do so twice, and you just delete the double.