Baby Einstein, Indeed

I''ve been hating on Baby Einstein for a long time, but I was actually kinda sad to read the news (like this story in Time) about a study by two language scientists that videos like BE's heavily marketed products are not only ineffective, but may actually be harmful to young kids:

With every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs and videos, infants learned six to eight fewer new vocabulary words than babies who never watched the videos. These products had the strongest detrimental effect on babies 8 to 16 months old, the age at which language skills are starting to form.

Forecast: Significant blowing and drifting, with the possibility of heavy accumulation in rural areas.