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Education, citizenship, knowledge economies and ‘The Disappearance of Adulthood’

I quite enjoyed this article… there were parts of it I wanted to question him further on, but lots of it that just made a pile of sense… these are those bits: Lawrence Quill writes: “In 1982, Neil Postman wrote The … Continue reading

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Heston Blumenthal – science, cooking and narrative

As I’ve said, I’m interested in how core science education is experienced in different (more meaningful?) ways through cooking… food has meaning… maybe food science would have more meaning for students? I’m wondering. Anyway, reading Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck Cook-book, I … Continue reading

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Children’s environmentalism; How do children contribute to a sustainable world?

Bengt Larsson, Magnus Andersson and Christina Osbeck present a review of the literature they considered relevant to any research into environmentalist practices among children. There are some quite complex issues in the article, so I confess to wanting to read it … Continue reading

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‘queen bee’ behaviour in little girls…

“But there are many effects of marketing influence that government cannot control.  In a 2005 study at Brigham Young University, researchers found that girls as young as four years old show signs of engaging in the type of catty, manipulative … Continue reading

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Conceptualising a group as a ‘generation’ – a generation of shoppers

“However much distance Generation X has put between itself and its childhood, it is still almost impossible to be objective about one’s early life. In some ineffable way, early childhood is the most primitive gauge of one’s emotional barometer. As … Continue reading

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The ‘marketer within’

“If a person is surrounded by marketing messages early enough, does she internalize them without realizing she has done so? John Seabrook, author of Nobrow: The Culture of Marketing, the Marketing of Culture, described his take on this phenomenon in … Continue reading

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How to do Nothing

“To vaccinate against the baby virus – and all its insidious successors – may require participating in something many of us are uncomfortable with: doing Nothing. In pooh’s and Christopher Robin’s world view, doing Nothing is different from doing nothing. … Continue reading

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All developmental milestones are punctuated by brand names

Drawing on an interview with a senior marketing executive, Susan Gregory Thomas writes that “all developmental milestones of early life are punctuated by brand names.  Babies don’t travel in plain old strollers; they ride in Maclarens, Graycos, or high-end Bugaboos. … Continue reading

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Public personas in the early years

Susan Gregory Thomas writes that an “[experienced, though unnamed] kids’ marketing consultant [she interviewed] points out that today’s babies and toddlers spend more time in preschool or daycare than they ever have in the past, either because their upper-middle-class parents … Continue reading

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