RUSH: You’ve heard, in fact, hey, Mike, I want you to grab something real quick. I just thought of this. Zell Miller, governor of Georgia singing Wolverton Mountain and all those songs about how they want to improve the brain power of George’s babies and so forth. Here is the story. ‘Recordings that claim to stimulate baby brain development may actually slow vocabulary development in infants if they are overused according to researchers on Wednesday.’ They have tried this in Georgia, ladies and gentlemen.
RUSH: They actually did that in Georgia. They put together a CD to give away with music that was going to stimulate the growth of these young infant brains. Now there is federal research that says it doesn’t happen. ‘For every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs and videos, infants aged 8 to 16 months understood an average of six to eight fewer words than babies who did not watch them, Frederick Zimmerman of the University of Washington and colleagues found. Older toddlers were not harmed or helped by the videos, the researchers reported in the Journal of Pediatrics. ‘The most important fact to come from this study is there is no clear evidence of a benefit coming from baby DVDs and videos, and there is some suggestion of harm,’ Zimmerman said in a statement. ‘The bottom line is the more a child watches baby DVDs and videos, the bigger the effect. The amount of viewing does matter.” Libs!
Jane Fonda was big on this. ”Parents and caretakers are the baby’s first and best teachers. They instinctively adjust their speech, eye gaze and social signals to support language acquisition. Watching attention-getting DVDs and TV may not be an even swap for warm social human interaction at this age. Old kids may be different, but the youngest babies seem to learn language best from people.’ This is from Andrew Meltzoff, a psychologist who worked on the study.’ Isn’t it amazing, ladies and gentlemen, what these liberals learn? It’s just amazing that babies do better with mom and dad? They learn to talk better from being around actual human beings than from audio and video recordings? Isn’t it amazing? Why, who would have ever thought to investigate this were it not for these liberals who always have a better way than nature. They just always have a better way because we are just so busy screwing it all up.