Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
> Baseball? I can't think of what instills /better/ values in
> young minds. Patience and urgency, individual effort and teamwork,
> strategy and chance, humility and hubris, capitalism and sacrifice,
> tradition and novelty, honesty and deception. I can't think of a
> better way for a child to learn about all those things than to go
> outside, pick up a glove and experience them directly. (Well,
> poker works pretty well too, but you don't get as much exercise).
> I suppose I can forgive a non-American for the slight.
Throwing rocks instead of thinking, the "them and us" social pattern, and, above all, vast emotional investments in something so incredibly trivial that I don't even have a word for it. Death to baseball. Teach the kiddies how to program a computer. (My little brother just wrote his first function! In Python, BTW - it really is the best language for learning these things.)
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