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Subject:  Re: For discussion, etc. Date:  4/11/2013  10:12 AM
Author:  ishtarastarte Number:  14905 of 15014

While the author has a couple of good points, there's so much wrong with it, I don't know where to begin, so I'll begin with the isolation begins at birth thing.

He talks about scheduled c-sections, being encouraged to formula feed, not letting mom bond with baby. . .

Is the author stuck in the 60s?

Since the 80s, there's been a rise in home births, there are more mid-wives and doulas than there used to be. Often now, even in a C-section, the mom is awake and encouraged to bond with baby immediately, placing baby on the stomach or chest before being whisked away to be cleaned and tested. Breastfeeding is very much encouraged, so much so that woman who can't or choose not to breastfeed are made to feel that they are inadequate parents. Breastfeeding consultants visit you in the hospital to encourage it.

And isolation?

The author sounds like an extrovert brought up in a world of introverts when the opposite is more often the case.

It's hard to find time and space where there is quiet and time to be alone.

Group work, group think, "collaboration" is becoming so common that in some places office workers don't even have their own cubicles any more, much less offices. They either all work in one large room or they are sharing cubicles.

And in schools, teachers are being told that group projects, "pair share" and other forms of "collaborative learning" is the way to go. If a student wants to work alone, it's seen as a bad thing.

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