Re: NOW(-ish): Education

Gina Miller (
Sun, 28 Mar 1999 15:21:28 PST

In response to the medication of children. I have noticed a fad (similar to the valum trend in the 70's) in children being fed medication.

It seems to me, that parents may be using this as a crutch for a typical handful of a child. This may due some damage, considering that a child is still developing. It may just be some hormonal embalance, that with age would mature to a even state.

Parents should try loving their children more, before resorting to Dr. and pills. It appears to be an epidemic. Gina "nanogirl" Miller

>From: "Ross A. Finlayson" <>
>Subject: Re: NOW(-ish): Education
>Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 17:42:13 -0500
>Academia is certainly losing some of its luster in light of freely
>Internet educational resources.
>Calculators should not be allowed in elementary and secondary math
>Paper, pencil, rulers, and compasses are allowed.
>Baseball caps of improper size restrict blood flow to the brain, and
>should not be allowed to be worn in class.
>A proper nutritional regimen should be federally mandated in all school
>programs. This might involve vitamin supplements.
>Overprescription of mood-altering drugs to children is the wrong
approach for
>"attention deficit disorder", a more correct approach would be giving
>something interesting. Mood-altering medication should only be
prescribed for
>severely emotionally disturbed children.
>Standardized tests, and testing in general, are important and
>unbiased measures of scholastic aptitude and ability.
>Teachers should be well versed in their subjects.
>The schools should get together and make a huge emporium of educational
>resources for all.
>I am not a "professional" educator, but I strive to be a good one.
>Teaching methods used for gifted and talented accelerated track
learning should
>be applied to all students.
>The primary goal of education should be the imbuement of problem
solving skills
>and the ability to learn and reason, rote memorization is important for
>spelling and medicine, among other things. Etymology should be taught
on all
>The fundamentals of learning and knowledge are an important foundation
>Ross F.
>Ross Andrew Finlayson
>"C is the speed of light."

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