Playing with my niece, Savannah Grace, that name was my idea BTW, who is now 4, I learn a lot. She likes to pretend to be a princess, or a knight, of a firefighter, or a dragon, and she likes me to pretend to. And, it is obvious that although she is just 4 she understands pretend from reality. Why does she not confuse the two? Because she is a normal child, and normal people can distinguish between fantasy and reality, which brings me to this post at American Power which lays out the case against zero tolerance policies in schools
From Glenn Reynolds, at USA Today, “Educators can’t distinguish between childish games and real threats“:
Last week, the Wall Street Journal’s Alison Gopnik reported on research from professors Jacqueline Wooley at the University of Texas and Paul Harris at Harvard that showed a surprising degree of sophistication among preschool kids. Apparently, though they spend a lot of time in fantasy pursuits, they’re actually quite good at distinguishing fantasy from reality:
Children understand the difference. They know that their beloved imaginary friend isn’t actually real and that the terrifying monster in their closet doesn’t actually exist (though that makes them no less beloved or scary). But children do spend more time than we do thinking about the world of imagination. They don’t actually confuse the fantasy world with the real one; they just prefer to hang out there.
So simple really isn’t it? So very, very simple. Yet, some Conservatives forget this when some nut shoots up a school, or movie theater. They will play the “it is video games” card. Ignoring the fact that millions and millions of other people played those same games and never caused any harm to anyone. So, to my fellow Conservatives who continue to beat that dead horse of stupidity, I offer two words of advice “STOP” and “THINK”