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I find nothing funny re the state of American children

in terms of health and education. It's not the commercial I have a problem with. It's *how* a tv commercial directed to adults should come to be such an obsession with children. There is the issue of our corporate-driven culture. There is the issue of children being used as advertising vehicles (except that normally corporations pays big money for that service, what children are providing for free). Of more immediate concern to me is the issue of children spending so much time in front of a tv or on the internet. Where are the parents?

Re health: As to emotional and physical health, aside from a *quarter of American children* now regularly taking prescriptions drugs, including Ritalin-type drugs and antidepressants for one or another learning and/or behavior disorder, children are now experiencing illnesses once associated with adults, e.g., adult onset diabetes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, even cirrhosis of the liver

Re education: "Two indicators are particularly worrisome, especially as this country experiences greater global competition and high unemployment. American students score 23rd in math and 31st in science when compared with 65 other top industrial countries."
Good luck, America! P.S. This problem didn't start yesterday, so it's not only children who don't measure up:
See also: Tough Choices or Tough Times (a report on the skills of American workers)

"Today's children are spending an average of seven hours a day on entertainment media, including televisions, computers, phones and other electronic devices... It is important for kids to spend time on outdoor play, reading, hobbies, and using their imaginations in free play."

I agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation as per the above article that tv's, video games, and computers be kept out of children's rooms. (It seemed sad, if not pathetic, that they would even need to recommend to parents to turn off the tv during dinner. Do family members these days *ever* give each other their full attention?) As to amount of daily media use, except where required for schoolwork I agree with the recommendation of teachers in over a thousand private schools: no media for younger children; as of elementary school, media on weekends only.

If you find out that children are beginning to fare better, let me know, okay? So I can stop being concerned when I see things that directly or indirectly reflect some of the underlying issues.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
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