This coolest morning of the season found me spending more time than usual reading Sunday’s news by the fire. Not a bad place to be, but the news gave me much to think about.
Bullying….that seems to be the buzz word on everyone’s tongue. Is this really a new phenomenon or has it become yet another troubling issue in our society? I remember being a kid and occasionally being the brunt of someone’s cruelty. Worse, I remember being a source of words that would today be defined as bullying. I don’t think I meant to be mean but saw it as a means of being accepted. Is that still the case?
In a New York Times article today, what I found really disturbing is how young the behavior starts. Kindergarteners shunning another classmate? Really? I don’t think the thought ever occurred to me at that age. And, the fact that parents, in some cases, seem to condone the behavior is totally unacceptable. What kind of adults will children whose bullying is reinforced as normal behavior become? That is a scary thought.
In yet another article, I learned that picture books for kids are being moved to the back shelves because parents want their kids to have more text heavy books at a young age given the pressure to do well on standardized testing in schools. Puhlease! There is as much to be learned from beautifully illustrated books as from words. I still remember N.C. Wyeth‘s illustrations in Treasure Island and credit them and others for influencing me to look at art. Today, I use book pictures as a way of encouraging my granddaughters to look and think creatively.
And, then was the article about the governor of New Jersey nixing the railroad tunnel between his state and New York. Can someone tell me what he has been drinking!
Enough of the troubling news. Let’s turn to travel and weddings/engagements. Those are always good for a quick escape!
What did you find interesting this fall Sunday?
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