Kohn puts Supernanny in the Naughty Corner

August 14, 2007

I really admire Alfie Kohns work and advise everyone to take a look at “What does it mean to be well educated.”

In the following article he describes the parenting mistakes made in the television show supernanny which is teaching thousands of parents across the world how to raise children (I know its been screeened in the UK, US andBrazil).  For more of his work online see his website.

One of his arguments I found especially interesting was the fact that supernanny never considers wider issues.  In a recent UN survey the UK was found to be one of the worst places to raise children and I think Chomsky does a good job of describing why that is –

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Disney, Childhood & Corporate Power

July 20, 2007

An excellent documentary on mainstream culture and its responsibility towards educating children.  The focus is on the Disney Corporation as one of the most powerful and explores the narrative and characterisation in its films, exposing sexist, racist, historically inaccurate and abusive values.  Contains interviews with cultural critics, media scholars, child psychologists, kindergarten teachers, multicultural educators, college students and children.

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