I’ve decided to start a new series, maybe bi-weekly or so called Monkeys and High Hats. It’s going to be a rundown of recent news stories focusing mainly on parenting issues in the news.
For those of you who are newer to Skepchick, the concept behind the title will seem less like drunken randomness after you’ve checked out this post and the readers’ comments.
For clarity, here is the key:
High Hats =that’s whack, yo.
And now for the first edition of Monkeys and High Hats after the fold.
Even though they will repeatedly suggest that vaccines are likely not linked to autism, they have no problem feeding the hype by letting people believe that vaccines are, in fact, something parents should at least be wary of. In this article they give suggestions for changing your child’s vaccination schedule. When this story aired about a week and a half ago the tone was undeniably one that suggested not only that this schedule change is a good idea, but also that we certainly don’t know yet whether there is an autism link. Shame on you, CNN.
Monkeys to Parents Magazine.
Their response to the vaccination hysteria has been fantastic. I’m sure they have taken a whole lot of heat and lost readers over it, but they have maintained that the risks of not getting vaccinated are far worse than any risk from the vaccines themselves… and those risks do not include autism.
In their May issue, while covering ways to save on health care, they advised readers not to bother with natural remedies and herbal supplements because they’re expensive and probably don’t even work. If only there were a way I could give you a thousand monkeys, Parents.
High hats to the coverage of the Gloucester, MA alleged Pregnancy Pact. A media out of control and desperate to find answers – how could teenage girls come up with such a twisted plan? Pointing fingers at Jamie Lynn Spears and the movie Juno for making teen pregnancy seem “glamorous”, reporters failed to stop and ask “might this be untrue?” Because it turns out, no one except the school’s principal had any knowledge of a pact. Does anyone still teach about “checking your sources” in journalism school?
Monkeys to the 22 states and Washington D.C. who all refused federal funding for “abstinence only” education. According to Ms. Magazine:
SIECUS calculations indicate nearly $24 million will be turned down nation-wide this year.
Until September 2005, California was the only state to refuse funding. The nearly 40 percent drop in acceptance is attributed to rampant distrust of the program’s effectiveness and constant uncertainty regarding the program’s renewal.
Psst… Hey, 28 remaining states, kids already know that not having sex means they won’t end up pregnant. Why not explain to them what to do if they end up giving into their normal human urges and work on actually reducing teen pregancy?
High Hats to Will Smith and his wife Jada for opening a non-Scientology school based on Scientology principals; using a teaching method called “study tech”, developed for Scientologists by L. Ron Hubbard; and being taught (mostly) by Scientologists… but totally non-affiliated with the CoS in any way.
Also, the Smith family denies being Scientologists. I guess people just got confused seeing them at all the ice cream socials, pancake breakfasts and bring-your-own-crazy pot-luck dinners. Whatever, just pay your dues and be done with it, Will. It’ll help your career… which, thanks to Hancock, you’re going to need.
Monkeys to Skepchick for starting Teen Skepchick and giving the next generation of skeptics a place to be heard! This new addition to our blog fills me with pride as a skeptic, a former teenage girl and a mother.
Sometimes it may not seem like it, but these are good times to be a part of the doubting population. We’re growing. Soon, critical thinking will take the world by storm.
Have a great 4th of July (no matter what country you’re in)!