Beer in Toy Stores?
- Just a few of the fun things you'll find in this, the
very first issue of CSR for 2003.
- Our feature story developed after we reviewed the
seventh, and best ever Nancy Drew title (Ghost Dogs), and
thought to ourselves, "great game, but is this a valuable
learning experience for kids?" The answer is clear. Games
like Nancy Drew are wonderful exercises in one of the
most valued types of higher order thinking in the
curriculum&emdash; deductive reasoning. So we decided to
take a closer look (page 4).
- From our research department comes two important
articles. The first is a comparison of the 2003
encyclopedias, all of which have dropped in price and
improved in quality (page 6). Also in this issue is our
annual Gender Survey (page 27) which shows that software
producers continue to favor boys over girls.
- Teachers will enjoy reading about very affordable
gadgets like wireless digital thermometers, walkie
talkies and microwaves that can make their classroom day
easier (page 23).
- Finally, we're fed up with irresponsible toy stores
who sell Mature rated videogames, and think it is time
for them to stop. Either that, or they should start
selling beer and cigarettes, right alongside the stuffed
animals. There are simply better things for kids to do
with their childhood than to spend time with nasty
language and themes. Read more on page 28. We hope you
like the issue, and look forward to a great 2003.
- Sincerely yours,
- Ann, Ellen and Warren