SOTU Guest a Scam Artist?
The online magazine Slate has an amazing piece about Julie Aigner-Clark, founder of the Baby Einstein Co., who was a featured guest of President George Bush at his State of the Union address. Lauded by Bush as a "talented business entrepreneur and generous social entrepreneur," writer Timothy Noah reveals that experts (including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) regard the whole viedotapes-for-infants market as a scam. "There's no evidence that the videos are educational for babies, and a review of the research on babies and videos concludes that while older babies can imitate simple actions from a video they've seen several times, they learn much more rapidly from real life," said Harvard Medical School psychologist Susan Lynn. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that children under 2 years of age shouldn't even watch TV.