Preschools and Early Learning

An Angry Birds guide to parenting

An Angry Birds guide to parenting

"Wow," my 11-year-old son said, pointing out the window of the car. "That's a Porsche!"

I can barely tell a Porsche from a water buffalo. So I was somewhat bewildered to discover that my son was a car connoisseur. "How can you tell that's a Porsche from over here?" I asked, somewhat testily.

"Oh," he said. "I watch 'Top Gear' all the time."

The television. It had educated him.

TV and the iPhone and the iPad and all the myriad screens that flicker and glow and burrow into our unresisting frontal lobes — these things aren't supposed to edify children. Or at least, there have always been somber voices insisting...