Yes, we are demographically perfect. But how lovely to see!

What Is This Amazing Samsung Ad Trying to Tell Us?

Why do you think Samsung made this nearly 2-minute commercial of young people riding their bikes, talking to strangers, meeting new friends (and, of course, using every single Samsung device on the planet)? (Also getting wet and suddenly dry again. But I digress.) Is the idea to appeal to young people dreaming of such freedom? […]

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Arthur's Adventure.

UPDATE: RUNAWAY, 15, IS BACK AND SEEMS FINE!

UPDATE! The Guardian reports that: A grammar school boy missing for two months after telling his parents he was bored with his life has been found safe and well. Arthur Heeler-Frood, 15, who sparked a nationwide hunt, was apparently making his way home when he was recognised on a train and intercepted by the police…. Speaking […]

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From coddled childhood to campus kookiness.

From Trophy Culture to Campus Microaggressions

Dan Shuchman, chairman of FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), the group that fights for free speech on campus, has written this Wall Street Journal review of a book by one of my favorite thinkers, Frank Furedi. Furedi wrote “Paranoid Parenting” back in 2002, which was the first book I read about this new […]

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Why did we stop letting you do this?

Spain to Parents: Let Your 6-Year-Olds Walk to School!

Kids age 6 are old enough to walk themselves to school, Spanish officials are telling parents. A seven-community experiment begun there in 2010 has been hailed as a success by researchers who say that allowing first graders to walk without adult supervision “builds their self-confidence.” According to this piece in The Washington Post by Rick […]

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Children are disappearing!

Calling All Angels — “Train” Got it Wrong

The song “Calling All Angels,” a hit from the group Train, has been watched on YouTube 16.7 million times, so far. It’s a moody, rain-falling, leaf-blowing song, but the bleakest part goes like this: And I’m calling all angels I’m calling all you angels When children have to play inside so they don’t disappear If […]

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