Union columnist Boardman is now “Father Knows Best”

Paul Allen and Bill Gates, circa 1971. "Kiddos, do your homework!" (Source: Living Computer Museum in Seattle)
Paul Allen and Bill Gates, circa 1971. “Boys, do your homework!” (Source: Living Computer Museum in Seattle)

This week, The Union’s weekly columnist “Bored Georgeman” gobbles up a bunch of ink lecturing all of us on parenting. “Your children should be encouraged to take advantage of the good things childhood has to offer, but learn that their job is school and that comes before everything else: Before their Facebook page, the internet, tweeting their friends, before being popular. There will be consequences if they don’t perform up to their ability in school.”

Thanks “Bored.” Except that the internet is changing how we educate — not just communicate. After all, it is 2016, not 1956. Memo to Mr. Rogers: Find a new columnist.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

6 thoughts on “Union columnist Boardman is now “Father Knows Best””

  1. After being a full-time “househusband” (in the 1970s), taking care of our 2 year-old daughter and our six year-old son full-time, I often had occasion in subsequent years to work at home (as a systems programmer for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center). So, often in those formative years of our children’s education, when they occasionally complained of not wanting to go to school, I’d say “so don’t.” My theory at that time (proven by their abundant accomplishments as adults since) was that they were more likely to love learning if they experienced it as a choice. Joy was an important part of our pedagogy.

    I’m sorry for Boardman that so much of life for him is a job.

    Maybe this would help lighten his view (Father Guido Sarducci’s classic “Life is a Job”):

  2. One of Don Novello’s best routines, thanks for the memories.
    The punch line for this one was left out of the video.
    If I recall it had something to do with showing up for judgement day payment, “a quarter short”.
    Cheers all!

  3. Yes, the internet is changing how we communicate and educate; the question is whether that change is better or worse. In the realm of personal communication I would venture to say worse; no tone of voice, no facial expressions, body language, or any of the other cues we use to arrive at meaning other than the words. Misunderstandings abound. In the realm of education, a recent study at UCLA looked at levels of retention between information derived from words printed on a screen and hardcopies. Apparently we use a different part of our brain to process video than print. Those who acquired the information from a hard copy seemed to have better recall than those who acquired the same information via a video screen. Maybe it’s because a hard copy is static and video flashes, albeit imperceptibly to the conscious mind, but not the brain in totality. In the realm of news and information, people have way more access to information via the internet, but anyone can put anything up on a website, so there is a huge problem with factual accuracy in some content arenas, especially politics. None of this takes into account the disconnect between people when everyone has their eyes glued to their phones texting, sexting, or emailing. No one looks at each other, smiles, acknowledges, or otherwise connects as they monitor their tweets from the Kardashians who have so much to offer our young people…..NOT.

  4. Oops George Boardman did it again! He ought to have at least thanked Steve.

    stevefrisch says:
    August 24, 2016 at 5:30 pm
    Um, just for the record, according to the Roper Center election data Ronald Reagan won 56% of the white vote in 1980 and 66% of the the white vote in 1984.

    George Boardman says:
    August 24, 2016 at 6:46 pm
    You’re right; the error has been corrected.

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