History has shown that tyrants are always terrible in one form or another.
Take, for example, the Egyptian bastard Psammetichus who was pharaoh for 54 years starting in 664 BC. Psammetichus was what the Greeks called, how Herodotus called him, but he called himself Psamtik. Although he was a pharaoh, he was actually a client – a king of the powerful Assyrians who conquered Egypt seven years ago, but he still managed to fulfill his wildest whims. For example, Psammetichus once wanted to prove that the Egyptian language is the oldest language, and therefore Egypt is the oldest civilization.
Rachel Wong writes in her book for the Society for Classical Studies that the second book of Herodotus’ History “features a vivid account of a language experience involving two children growing up between a goat, a goat herder, and an Egyptian king who inquires after the origin of humanity. Psammetichus asks the goat-herder to narrate the first word the children uttered.” and, when it turns out that this word is ‘bekos’, a Phrygian word meaning ‘bread’, the Egyptians reluctantly concede that the Phrygians were the race from which all others were descended. , or that his readers meant that they wore bleating like goats, for ancient and modern studies have been divided.
Psammetichus was not alone in the children’s language experiments. Mughal Emperor Akbar tried to see if children raised without hearing speech would be silent, and around 1500 the Scottish King James IV supposedly also tried it to see if language was innate or learned. In the thirteenth century AD, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II tried the same experiment to determine the language spoken by Adam and Eve, but both infants died early.
More recently, Nicolae Ceausescu, a Roman despot, believed that population growth equaled economic development and banned all contraceptives and abortion. In the 1960s, the Romanian Communist Party attempted to increase the country’s population by 50% by passing “Decree No. 770” which made all abortions illegal, except for women over 45, who already had four children who lived to at least a lifetime. 5, Women whose health will be threatened by childbirth, and pregnant women through rape and/or incest. Oh my gosh – but doesn’t that sound completely leftist in comparison to recent court rulings in our nation and state law? As Wikipedia’s summary of Decree 770 accurately states, “In the 1970s, birth rates fell again. Economic pressure continued on families, and people began looking for ways to circumvent the decree. Wealthier women were able to obtain contraceptives illegally, or bribed Doctors to provide diagnoses that made abortion possible.There were many unwanted pregnancies especially among the less educated and poor women.These women could only use primitive methods of abortion, which resulted in infertility or even death.The mortality rate among pregnant women became the highest in Europe under Ceausescu.
However, “while the infant mortality rate has continued to decline over the years in neighboring countries, in Romania it has risen to more than ten times that of its neighbours. Many children born in this period were malnourished, severely handicapped, or They ended up in care under excruciating conditions, which resulted in a high infant mortality rate.
This led to massive popular discontent, and some observers (such as “Freakanomics” authors Stephen Levitt and Stephen Dubner) noted that “Romania was the only communist country in Eastern Europe with strict anti-abortion and contraceptive laws at the time, and the only country that had Its ruler was violently overthrown and killed at the end of the Cold War.” And while “shortly after the legalization of abortion, the abortion rate was very high, and it gradually decreased, as more couples began to use contraceptives, the economy also began to improve.” In fact, the National Institute of Statistics reports that since the legalization of contraceptives, the abortion rate per 1,000 Romanian women has fallen since 1990 from 177.6 to 10.1 in 2017.
The Wikipedia report continued: “Because of the neglect that children suffered, many physical and mental delays arose. Children with obvious mental delays or disorders were given wrong diagnoses by untrained nurses or doctors. According to John Hamilton, “much of what scientists know comes from Parental connectivity and the brain from studies of children who spent time in Romanian orphanages during the 1980s and 1990s.” Orphanage conditions showed that not only is nutrition vital to a child’s development, but also basic human contact. Due to a lack of human contact, children develop without stimulation, resulting in stimulation subjective such as hand flapping or rocking back and forth. With these characteristics, children are often misdiagnosed as having mental disabilities and forced to transfer to another institution. They have also been given psychiatric medications to address their behaviors, or are chained to their family to prevent harming themselves.” Before the repeal of Decree No. 770, half a million Romanian children grew up in the thinnest orphanages, the number of street children swelled, along with the crime rate.
Most of us realize that healthy babies need to be concerned with love as much as they need food, but some simply don’t. For those who do, an Indiana study reported in “Babies’ First Words Can Be Predicted Based on Visual Attention,” ScienceDaily.com An article, “That a child’s first words likely depend on his visual experience…Visual memory may be the initial key to attaching words to objects – familiar visual objects such as a table, shirt, bottle or spoon,” she added. “It’s a combined experience; these first words can be learned – slowly and increasingly – to some visually dispersed object. This may be how children begin to break into language before their first birthday.”
Another related article by Oliver Wang of the New York Times titled ‘Parentese’ Is Truly a Lingua Franca, Global Study Finds described ‘how’ researchers recently determined that this lyrical baby talk – more technically known as “parents” – appears to be almost universal to humans. all over the world. In the most comprehensive study of its kind, more than 40 scientists helped collect and analyze 1,615 audio recordings from 410 parents on six continents, in 18 languages from diverse communities: rural and urban, isolated and cosmopolitan, expert online and off. The network, from fishermen in Tanzania to urban residents in Beijing. The findings, recently published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, showed that in each of these cultures, the way parents spoke and sang to their children differed from the way they communicated with adults — and that those differences were broadly similar from one group to another. …Parents can help some children remember words better, and it allows them to group the sounds together with mouth shapes, giving meaning to the chaos around them. Also, lullabies can calm a crying baby, and a loud sound can better get his attention. “You can push air through your vocal tract, create these tones and rhythms, and it’s like giving a child a pain reliever.”
Reading to children or every age greatly enhances their development. As stated in the Cleveland Clinic article “The Benefits of Reading for Children,” “Although your child cannot grasp a book or pronounce the alphabet, it is never too early to introduce your child to the magic of books.” The benefits they describe include language skills (“hearing the words they Read aloud helps children really thrive in language skills”), bonding (“waking up to read a book together indicates safety, love and emotional connection”), and “emotional learning” (children don’t just look at pictures in their favorite books. They’re watching you, too. Angry when a character in the book is frustrated or smiles at the happy ending (“Your child imitates your expressions and the sounds you make”).
Greg Hill is the former director of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Libraries. It can be accessed at firstname.lastname@example.org.