Do you guys remember how much, or how little, TV kids got in the old days? What’s going on today with children and TV is anything but good, and some things just aren’t cool. For instance, today, some kids can watch the Sesame Street shows today, but they’ve greatly changed the programming on the show. I’m struggling to type this post without errors because of the visual editor, so bear with me y’all.
There are two types of people in this world. Those who are fattening their children up and those who don’t. Seems this country is divided by obese and thin, rich and poor, etc. Trent and myself being as poor as we are, we still owe it to ourselves to go out on errands, but due to transport limits on us, since we cannot obtain a government issued driver license, we are forced to use Uber or Lyft or any other transport to get the kind of treatment we so need. I’ve had to use NEMT transportation, but I’m seriously getting sick of it, and service is so poor in these companies that it is questionable if we can go to couples’ counseling appointments. You may be asking what this has to do with anything, wel
We’ve seriously run into a problem with Lucky You and Alpha Paratransit gravely monopolizing the NEMT Call Healthcare system. Those trips are only for doctor appointments, and for that being only for medical appointments, we receive poor service. People are not being taught, either through television or other means, to serve equally and speak a higher form of English. I feel the basic English tests are not enough for us. We want disability awareness skills, training so that the driver does not forcibly put seatbelts on or strap us on the seat like we’re freaked out and helpless. This could put Trenton in some form of anxiety mode and myself? Since I’m female and able to speak, it makes the difference. Some of these drivers don’t know how to keep their hands off women. We must receive equal service that even a rich person would receive. Therefore, it is highly advised that Med Transit up the anti on drivers who don’t speak English because these guys didn’t learn it when they were young. It is serious what this kind of treatment does to us. The guys like to speak their native language in front of their passengers, putting us at risk, and it’s not funny or cute, it’s a form of isolation.
Whatever happened to the days when Barney taught us good manners? Barney the infamous purple people eater of sorts actually had one or two good little bits of gem and jewel in that particular field. What would Barney say today? He would say to the infamous drivers, do not use your native tongue in front of a passenger who can’t speak it, duh. But here’s something: a better show, Arthur, famed for its illustrious dialogue and pictures in Marc Brown’s famous books, teaches us that different languages can divide. Sign language is great for the deaf and those who want to talk with their hands in a silent room, but trust me, being in a room full of signers was a bit scary on my part. Not to say sign language is bad, it is awesome if you need it. Europeans and ancient native First Nations communicated in what is called “Indian sign language.” But one of the things that makes language so important is a dangerous situation. There was a driver with Alpha who rear ended with another car. We were going under ten miles per hour when someone crashed into the back of the car. The driver was irresponsible and did not call the police or give accurate Street coordinates to the police or possibly the paramedics because of limited English skills. This hurts me and if it had been any worse, I could’ve died on impact. Luckily, I got home and was able to wake up good.
A simple child’s program like Arthur can teach about friendships and conflict resolution, but other shows are just plain insipid. The key to making great citizens isn’t how much your child knows from TV, but how much time you the parent puts into raising he, they, the child. This is not effortless, and being polite to foreigners is not being taught properly in U.S. families and schools. We are currently in a political environment tthat promotes political fighting, not productive democracy, and we’ve abused our self righteous crap as Americans by telling all other folks to “go back to your country.” Learning a new language is fun, but you must be able to learn the culture associated with that language. Spanish is most popular, so does not count. Therefore, learning French would be cool. Imagine a school where Swahili or other African languages was taught. Not only are words and conjugate taught, but you’d learn the songs, art, and poetry of that cultural set. That’s what we did in Professor Buster’s Spanish classes, and I’m told the Latin instructors at my high school were excellent at teaching Roman and root cultures that became the ones who know us, the ones we know as well.
We can’t truly get culture lessons like these with today’s TV programs unless you do what Barney used to say, “Use your imagination.” Wherever did that go?
It used to be that you could give a kid of any age a box of Lego blocks, and they’d build a Lego house. She’s build their own world or the Harry Potter set perhaps. However, a lot of things have become prepackaged. Give someone Play Dough, and see what they do. I’ve rolled balls, made pancakes, although I could not eat the pancakes I “made” with the dough. You can, however, make your own play slimes as was demonstrated with some parents of blind kids I’ve seen.
So what are you waiting for? Use your brains, you guys, come up with better ways to serve all of us.