Class Differences

This is how class differences are constituted today:

As more screens appear in the lives of the poor, screens are disappearing from the lives of the rich. The richer you are, the more you spend to be offscreen.

The result will be an unbridgeable chasm in cognitive capacities and psychological health.

A landmark study on brain development of more than 11,000 children that the National Institutes of Health is supporting… is finding that the brains of children who spend a lot of time on screens are different. For some kids, there is premature thinning of their cerebral cortex.

This is from an article in the NYTimes that the app doesn’t let me link but you can easily find it.

And hey, who here was telling me that free governmental preschool won’t mean kids staring at a screen all day to make Microsoft rich?

In small towns around Wichita, Kan., in a state where school budgets have been so tight that the State Supreme Court ruled them inadequate, classes have been replaced by software, much of the academic day now spent in silence on a laptop. In Utah, thousands of children do a brief, state-provided preschool program at home via laptop.

The only reason why anybody is bringing up free daycare is to enrich tech companies. I’ll keep saying it like I kept saying that Mueller wouldn’t find anything, and I will be just as right.

I know everybody sincerely wants to be for something good but supporting the “free daycare” plan will contribute to the creation of a congnitively impaired underclass.

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10 thoughts on “Class Differences”

        1. Watched. Ok, bye bye, Bernie.

          And by the way, Finland is moving in the opposite direction because it didn’t work. But whatever.

          Hey, who’s with me on voting for Biden? Not an amazing choice but still reasonable.

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          1. He’s definitely among my top choices. I’m not going to settle on one candidate because who knows who will end up being the real contenders. I’ve just decided on a few that I’d be open to voting for in the primary. Our choices are so bad that Cory “Big Pharma” Booker might make it into my top 5; hopefully it doesn’t come down to that but if it’s between him and Beto it would be an easy choice.

            He has no chance anyway, but after watching the first 6 minutes of Pete Buttigieg’s CNN townhall I hate him, and so will you. He says we should ramp up automation. I really hate what my party is becoming.

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  1. You’re right about the technology problem. However, whether the government pays for it or not, parents are still going to need and use daycare, so I fail to see how the government subsidizing childcare will contribute to this. The only difference is whether people receive subpar daycare for free or whether they have to pay exorbirant amounts of money for the exact same daycare. You can credibly argue that it’s a poor use of our tax dollars, but I’m not buying that it would make the problem worse. Do you think a universal childcare program will disproportionately reward daycares which use technology over those who don’t?

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    1. This universal daycare will be exactly what is described in the quote. Some overpriced online program. What, somebody is going to build thousands of new facilities? Obviously, not.

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      1. That literally doesn’t work for infants and very small children. You can’t leave a one year old in front of a computer for 8 hours while you go to work. I can see universal pre-K being done that way, but not childcare. The purpose of pre-K is education (or in this case, “education”), but the purpose of daycare is having someone babysit your kid while you’re doing something else (work, vacation, etc.)

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