Did you know you can prevent learning disabilities just by reading to your child? Study after study shows that children who are raised in a nurturing environment and read to consistently do much better in school than children who watch Honey Boo Boo's Hillbilly Playhouse and are ignored between whippings.
We can extrapolate this data to imply that every parent who has a child who is behind the state standard is a poor parent indeed. This expensive trend of children coming to school with so-called "disabilities" is costing the state plenty.
Turn off the TV, people! Pick up a book and just read it already.
Bleh, whatever. Sometimes when I read scientific offal like the above, I find it incredibly discouraging. I like to think I'm living in the 21st century and eugenics is a thing of the past. But it really isn't. People generally speaking have just shifted the focus a bit from genetics to environment.
If it were just the people you see around town in your neighbourhood spouting off their stupid opinions, it would be bad enough. Discouraging enough. Angering and disappointing enough. But now the medical profession is in on this crap.
Now, instead of just dealing with broken bones or the flu, doctors are making sure you are reading to your child. Wait times are super-short to see a physician, so they have time for all this nannying, I guess.
But how insulting. The doctor is now going to check on your parenting during your child's exam.
This is one of those things that has pissed me off for a long time. Asking me whether I strap my child into a car seat has nothing whatsoever to do with whether my child has a fever of 103. Really. It doesn't. I haven't even been to medical school and I can tell you this as a scientific fact.
I "get" that there are some horrid parents out there and that people feel the need to be concern trolls. But I don't see why it has to be part of everyone's job description to nose into the family lives of the paying customers. At least I do not have to answer, "Do you feel safe at home?" and "Do you read to your children or feed them ever?" questions from the local Wal-Mart cashier before checking out.