Uh oh. Government bureaucrats want to take control of kids’ summer vacations.
According to this article, summer vacation makes children dumber and fatter. The article even goes on to say that it’s the poor and racial minorities who are hit the hardest.
But don’t worry. There’s a proposal to have the federal government get involved to solve this problem. Supporters of the program claim that it would cost less than $2,000 per child per summer. Of course supporters of these kinds of government programs always understate the cost, so I can easily see such a program costing far more than that amount.
Funny, but when I was a child in the 1970s and early 1980s, I never had any trouble coming across reading material. From Judy Blume to Paddington to Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators – from dinosaur books to encyclopedia articles – to Archie comic digests and Richie Rich – even the Sears Christmas Wishbook made for great reading fun. And yet somehow, I managed to have access to all of this reading material without any “help” from the federal government.
But now, apparently, kids can’t read on their own – they need “help” from a brand new government bureaucracy.
Likewise, when I was a child, I managed to engage in baseball, touch football, freeze tag, capture the flag, and all sorts of other physical activities – and all without any help from federal bureaucrats.
But, apparently, today’s kids can’t do any of those things without a bunch of government bureaucrats getting involved.
I worry for today’s kids – not primarily because of the reading and obesity issues (although these issues do deserve attention) – but because of the ridiculously condescending belief that they need to be coddled and cared for by government bureaucrats, for things that they should be able to do on their own.
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