Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Welcome To The Modern World Of Churnalism!

Bridget Christie can’t cope with conflicting information:
I'm not reading any more of these contradictory studies. Weren't we all told by a different study that it was better for our children to mix with other children? If children aren't supposed to be in nursery, according to this study, and not be at home because of that other study, is there a third option that's being kept secret by the super-rich?
Join the club, Bridget! Might I suggest you do what all the sensible people do and just ignore them all?

But of course, the inclusion of the term ‘super rich’ is a clue to her real agenda, which is not simply to despair at the never-ending stream of churnalism poured forth, but to have a pop at the perennial ‘Guardian’ favourite – ‘inequality’.
Childcare providers reject these findings. Anand Shukla, of the Family and Childcare Trust, said: "Research shows children who attend nursery are better prepared for school and have better social skills such as co-operation with peers." Plus, their parents drink less Oxford Landing because they haven't got them all day. So – and I'm no Oxford academic so bear with me – from what I can work out, we shouldn't put our children into nurseries because they will have emotional and behavioural problems, but we shouldn't stay at home with them either. If we could also try not to be poor, stressed out or have any mental health problems ourselves, that would be great.
Or, if you’re not prepared to put up with the stresses and strains of family life, not have any kids? Just a thought…
Elizabeth Truss, the education and childcare minister, said that large numbers of children in childcare were "running around" with "no sense of purpose". Should a child have a sense of purpose? I'm 42 and I haven't got one.
Well, clearly. We can tell, because you're writing for 'The Guardian'...


Demetrius said...

As a child I had a sense of purpose. But the neighbours objected.

Furor Teutonicus said...

My "sense of purpose involved a garden, my model railway, and three kilos of Black powder.

How was I to know it would take the garden wall down???

Ian Hills said...

Perhaps the silly bitches who write for the Guardian should just take their HRT and shut up.

JuliaM said...

But that'd mean the 'Guardian' mostly prints blank pages!