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Old 03-29-2013, 09:08 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by tubemonkey View Post
In these days of limited budgets, libraries need to think hamburger helper and forget the filet mignon.
Park Slope is not a hamburger helper neighborhood.

I have mixed feelings. The picture one gets is of upper class tiger moms and dads channeling their children into a rigorous straight pathway to Harvard, Yale and Princeton. This is not a parenting style my DW and I would have been comfortable with. But, well, that famous tiger mom did get the desired results. Intellectual parents who rigorously limit screen time often raise children who do extremely well in school.

Here's an earlier article with a little more on the class angle:

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/2012...-young-readers

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Brooklyn Public Library Director and Chief Librarian Richard Reyes-Gavilan . . . said he's sympathetic to those gripes, because his own 6-year-old daughter "fantasizes" about iPads.

"But those complaints are coming from parents who themselves have a laptop and a desktop and a cell phone," Reyes-Gavilan said.

"We're serving all of Brooklyn's kids — most of whom don't have access to that kind of technology at home."
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