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.