Curated Clicks: PC Culture Says Your Kids Don't Know How To Play

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Two elementary schools in Edina, Minn., have hired a "recess consultant" to tell kids when they're not playing correctly. The initiative has cost around $30,000 so far.

The StarTribune reported: 

Some parents have welcomed the arrival of the firm Playworks, which says recess can be more inclusive and beneficial to children if it’s more structured and if phrases like, “Hey, you’re out!” are replaced with “good job” or “nice try.”

But some of the kids at Concord and Normandale Elementary say they are confused, or that the consultants are ruining their play time.

“The philosophy of Playworks does not fit Concord,” said Kathy Sandven, a parent of twin boys who attend the school. “It is a structured philosophy — an intervention philosophy — not allowing kids for free play.”

The two schools have joined a growing number of districts that have hired consultants to remake the playground experience into more structured and inclusive play time. The games and activities, like four square and jumping rope, are overseen by adults and designed to reduce disciplinary problems while ensuring that no children are left out.

I wonder if they have any way of ensuring that nobody is picked last.


Several members of the press were so eager to prove Carly Fiorina wrong that they misreported an interview with David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress, the activist behind the undercover Planned Parenthood videos. 

CNN's Chris Cuomo spread the lie that Daleiden purposely misled people by showing a baby that died during a miscarriage. Somehow, Cuomo believes that a fetus at the same gestational age as another is a completely different proposition—depending on whether or not its mother wanted it to live. 

The Washington Examiner reported:

In his CNN interview, Daleiden said the portion of the video referenced by Fiorina was, in fact, that of an aborted child, and that she was therefore correct in her characterization of the group's work.

He also explained several times that the seventh video includes a still image of a miscarriage because it's an, "illustration of what a baby looks like at the end of the second trimester." He said he wanted to show what the average child looks like prior to having its organs taken by Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Daleiden noted repeatedly that the still photo of the miscarriage and the footage of the "fully formed fetus" are two very different things, and that Fiorina was referring to the latter.

Cuomo appeared unable to grasp this explanation, and several times argued that using even still shots of the former significantly undermined the video's credibility. The CNN anchor also suggested that the inclusion of the miscarriage photo casts doubt over everything said during the second GOP debate by Fiorina, even though her remarks were accurate.


Gov. Jerry Brown is getting ready to sign the California Fair Pay Act. Good news for women, right?

Nope. In the name of "equal pay for equal work," Brown is attempting to erase the wage gap in California, where women make 84 cents to the man's dollar. But the new Fair Pay Act doesn't consider significant factors that explain that supposed gap: hours worked, college degrees and women's own life and career choices. These aren't things the law can or should be able to change. 

Sarah Ketterer explains in this Wall Street Journal opinion: 

What California’s Fair Pay Act will do, however, is make the state, already notorious for regulation and red tape, a more difficult place to do business. Companies must now ensure that every penny of wage differential between the men and women they employ is attributable to bona-fide differences in education, training, experience, quantity or quality of work, and so on. Referring to the countless factors at play, Harvard economist Claudia Goldin has said “it’s not checkable.” Yet even attempting to do so will only add to companies’ already substantial regulatory-compliance budgets.

Some of these factors—quality of work, for instance—are inevitably subjective, yet trial lawyers will swoop in to turn every conceivable pay difference into a lawsuit. Employers who cannot “prove” objectively that one employee’s work was better than another’s may face costly penalties. Many will surely pay to settle these lawsuits instead of taking them to court.

All of this money would be better spent by businesses to hire more workers or raise wages, including for countless women. Ms. Goldin has even suggested that women’s employment could decline.

A few more bites:

“It’s so weird—she looks like one of us, but she’s not. You’re on the bus with her until she starts talking about Planned Parenthood." - Novelist and feminist Jennifer Weiner on Carly Fiorina, as quoted by the New York Times

“We do not have mammogram machines at our health centers, and we’ve never stated that we did.” - Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards last week on Capitol Hill, contradicting earlier statements

“If Donald Trump becomes president, that will be the end of the world. I genuinely believe that reality television has reached the ultimate place where now even things like this might just be for entertainment. It’s either that or it’s Hillary’s brilliant idea.” - Jennifer Lawrence's take on the Trump campaign, via Mediaite

"Carly has the experience of cutting burdensome bureaucracy. She isn’t afraid of a challenge. Carly won't propose taxing 529's one day and put it in her budget and then fold a few days later when faced with a strong opposition. Carly will stand up for what she knows is right. I want a strong, disciplined woman who is going to put good sound conservative economic and social policies forward and then fight for them with the same passion she fought with at HP." - Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., writes about Fiorina's HP record for The Hill