Here's one on the intelligence of fishies
Now, we all hear a lot about goldfish
. People get goldfish for their kids because "they're easy to take care of, and die soon anyway". They put them in bare bowls because "well, they don't need more, and they die soon anyway, and they're not that bright". They don't do anything about stimulation because "well, they're not that bright, and they die soon anyway". These statements would be troubling, except that the premises are totally flawed to begin with! When properly cared for, goldfish live decades - so all those fish that "died soon anyway" did so because they were killed by incompetent owners. And given that you can teach a goldfish to do a variety of tricks,
I'm not so sure they're as unintelligent as all that. It's cruelty to have an animal and not give it any form of stimulation at all, it's like locking them in solitary for their whole life!( Read more... )
Two articles on two different kindergartens.One on a charter school that "justifies" its trip to the farm by calling it "test prep".
Some of the comments are disgusting, blaming parents for kids not going "to the zoo". When are they supposed to go to the zoo? On a weekday, when it closes at 5? On the weekend, when it costs $12 per person
and is crowded besides and you have to do your shopping and your cleaning and visit family and go to church? Uncool, guys.( Read more... )And one about an absurdly expensive private school for gifted kids( Read more... )An article on zero waste facilities and communities( Read more... )And finally, one on problems faced by African immigrants in the Bronx( Read more... )