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Standardized Childhood
Ships without A Shore: America's Undernurtured Children
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Ships Without A Shore: America's Undernurtured Children  by Anne Pierce, ©2008,  p. 50
 
Thus, the interest groups which, for various reasons, wanted federally funded and guided day care, knew they needed the public perception of a crisis in order to achieve it and the press willingly fulfilled that need.
…Opponents of national day care legislation were portrayed by the press as enemies of both children and progress. Reporters precluded the question of whether day care is harmful to children by keeping the question of when government would “solve the crisis” in the forefront, and then by transfiguring those who questioned their proposed “solution” into mean-spirited reactionaries.
Category = Politics
Ships Without A Shore: America's Undernurtured Children  by Anne Pierce, ©2008,  p. 52

The political precedent of treating day care as the method of child care preferred by parents and as the best solution to the child-rearing problems of society as a whole continued on after ABC*. With this rationale, the…administration proposed a (multi) billion program of new spending and tax breaks to subsidize day care. In an unusual journalistic move, a January, 1998 edition of the Wall Street Journal criticized the administration’s use of misconception to advocate and fund the program:

…the multibillion-dollar child-care industry have a specific idea in mind when they talk about “quality care.” They don’t mean finding better baby-sitting in the home, or even, heaven forbid, staying home one’s self with a lonely child from time to time. No, they envision building great numbers of brightly lit centers where child experts stimulate infant brains by waving flash cards before their cribs.
With billions (of dollars) to offer, it’s likely that parents, politicians, academics, trainers and corporations will take the money and run.

*Act for Better Childcare
Category = Politics

Ships Without A Shore: America's Undernurtured Children  by Anne Pierce, ©2008,  p. 52-53

Overall, the press was tremendously supportive of the (proposed) day care policy.

…we did not hear about the many reputable studies and mountains of evidence which show a negative correlation between day care, even “high quality” day care, and just about ever essential aspect of a child’s development.
Category = Politics

Ships Without A Shore: America's Undernurtured Children  by Anne Pierce, ©2008,  p. 53 Focus upon the slogan “quality care” combined with inadequate attention to what actually goes on in day care centers and to the actual results of day care studies distorts our vision.
Most of us have never been inside a day care center. We therefore have little recourse from the imagistic* slogans with which we are presented.
*Imagistic = relating to a movement in poetry advocating free verse and the expression of ideas and emotions through clear precise images.
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Ships Without A Shore: America's Undernurtured Children  by Anne Pierce, ©2008,  p. 53 The use of labels is highly effective. One congressional staffer confided that congress people are “scared to death” to oppose day care legislation. “They’re afraid of being labeled anti-woman in their campaigns.”
Category = Politics
Ships Without A Shore: America's Undernurtured Children  by Anne Pierce, ©2008,  p. 54-55 Many academic researchers…have been unwilling to inspire a thoughtful and thorough discussion of children’s issues.
…those who did not fit the (day care) ideology often suffered the consequences.
For example, Otto Weininger, one of Canada’s premier psychologists, was for many years unable to publish in any professional journal a watershed work on the effects of day care.
…Some academicians have actually suggested that any information leading to negative conclusions about non-maternal care be suppressed. Cummings and Beagle-Ross argued that the issue of whether day care is good or bad for infants is “useless from a social policy perspective…
Category = Politics
Ships Without A Shore: America's Undernurtured Children  by Anne Pierce, ©2008,  p. 55 In an article entitled “Abandoning Research on Consequences of Non-maternal Care: A Disservice to the Science,” Dr. Hojat criticizes a similar article by Louis Silverstein suggesting that “psychologist must refuse to undertake any more research that looks for the negative consequences of other-than-mother care” and must “interrupt” all research in which the hypothesis of risk factors associated with non-maternal care is being tested.
Category = Politics
Ships Without A Shore: America's Undernurtured Children  by Anne Pierce, ©2008,  p. 56 Hopeful signs of unbiased research are still outweighed by slanted reporting and repression or distortion of findings. There is a reason Landesman Ramey, in a publicly reported statement regarding the large-scale NIH study showing a link between day care and poor behavior of which she was a co-author, commented: “I have accused the study authors of doing everything they could to make this negative finding go away, but they couldn’t do it. They knew this would be disturbing news for parents, but at some point, if that’s what you’re finding, then you have to report it.
Category = Politics

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