Two-fer Tuesday: Computers vs. Grades, Pimping the Bonsai

Two-fer Tuesdays started out so that I could highlight two articles I’ve found that are worth reading and commenting on. But they’re also another excuse for me to publish the picture of the Two-fer Toads again.

This week, a dad takes exception to a TechCrunch article stating that children who get computers in developing nations get worse grades in school, and there’s a bonsai pimping contest to find the greenest dad.

Dave Taylor, of Attachment Parenting blog, says Hey TechCrunch, Computers Do Not Produce Bad Grades:

“I’m aghast. Over on TechCrunch, a site known as much for its gossip-mongering as its tech reporting, John Biggs is reporting (sort of) on a study that he claims demonstrates children who get computers in developing nations get worse grades in school.

I’m a researcher and there are so many things wrong with John’s throwaway piece that my head is reeling…”

And over at Dad Blogs: Search for the Greenest Dad: $100 Amazon Shopping Spree

Evidently, reviewing a bonsai tree will qualify you for being considered in the greenest dad search… Oh yeah, and you need to be sure to:

“IN THE REVIEW, MENTION THE GREENEST THING THAT YOU DO IN YOUR LIFE, AS A FATHER, TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR YOUR KIDS AND THEIR GENERATION – RECYCLING, ORGANIC FOODS, ETC.” [sic]

The winner will get an Amazon gift card and be featured on Dad Blogs for a day, plus a virtual badge for your site.

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

One thought on “Two-fer Tuesday: Computers vs. Grades, Pimping the Bonsai

  • August 3, 2010 at 10:16 am
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    That’s funny that children with computers do poorly in school. This is so true. Computers don’t make people smart. It’s a tool to help you do things more productively. They don’t make you smart and actually can hurt your intelligence.

    Schools should go back to chalk boards and pencils.

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