Danica McKellar who played Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years TV show has written a book called “Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail.” The title is catchy, but most importantly, I think the concept is great. It’s targeted at girls who are at one of the most awkward stages of their lives, and reinforces the message that being smart is better than being dumb.
In this day and age, people have so much to do that they are often pressured to multitask. Bad idea – at least the way most people multi-task. If you start one thing and then receive a phone call and that call makes you start something else and then you get an email message that reminds you to do another small task, you’re not being efficient. Even if you eventually get all three tasks done, you’re wasting effort.
I just came across an article about a couple that allowed their two children (one is 22 months, the other 11 months) to nearly starve to death because they were too busy playing video games. Now I love video games and I actually know someone that called in sick to work for two days a while back because a new game came out, but this takes addiction to a new level.