Obviously you don't have the ability to think logically. Kids are our future! However, if we waste all our resources on useless pretentious jobs such as 'child life specialists,' we are creating a pretty bleak future for these kids.
Here's an interesting fact, when I was in high school twelve years ago I used to volunteer at a suicide help hotline center. At these centers, there were no 'Suicide Prevention Specialists.' They would use existing volunteers to train new volunteers, who would then handle all the phone calls and talk to the really distraught people who would call in during the late night on the verge to commit suicide and try to help them.
Now think about this for a minute: Many of these people were on the verge of committing suicide! However, were we creating useless 'specialist' jobs to talk to these people and calm them down?? The answer is no! Why not? If good, honest volunteers can talk someone down from committing suicide, why are they not capable of playing with kids with dolls, explaining to them medical procedures and comforting families, etc.?
The staff at this center respected the volunteers and the volunteers did a great job! Instead what do these child life specialists do? They treat volunteers like crap to raise their self-esteem (as I mentioned before most have a lower self esteem due to being at the lower rung of the hospital ladder compared to nurses and doctors.) I know two other volunteers and one staff member who had to quit because of how these child life specialists treated them. Instead of building a better sense of community, creation of these types of jobs does exactly the opposite and this is not something this country and the world needs!
What else do these specialists do? Distraction? Give me a break. Please don't even get me started with this! I had to go to the Emergency Department earlier this year with my one year old niece and sister in law to their local hospital. There were no child life specialists. As the doctor started checking my niece, who of course started crying at being poked, my sister in law pulled out her keys and started shaking them and asking my niece in a soothing voice to 'look at the keys, look at the keys.' And my niece stopped crying!
Are you seriously telling me that good, honest volunteers, who care about the community and can talk an emotional person down from committing suicide can't distract a child?
Also, the money spent on these child life specialists could be spent on much better things, such as health care for the poor, research, much needed engineering, or how about this for example, helping the completely poor, homeless, and sick children in Haiti who have lost everything.
Instead of making our country and the world a better place through real engineering and medicine, we in America are creating useless easy degrees like psychology.
This is a serious fact. Just look up the low percentage of Americans who are excelling in math and science graduating from high school and college. Compared to other countries, America is falling way behind!
I can't tell you how many people I knew in college who majored in completely useless majors or subspecialties such as psychology, education, communication, etc. and are now doing something completely ridiculous for jobs, such as loading trucks, or being an invaluable 'specialist' somewhere.
They have told me themselves that psychology is a "useless" major. Then the system, of course, has to create jobs for these people no matter how ridiculous it might be, because they have a college degree (which in actuality may be completely useless!)
Again, I am only mentioning all this not to insult anyone, but to hopefully raise more awareness on the issues with the system that has developed in America. The problem is not underlying with the child life specialists alone but with the entire medical system, and furthermore with American consumerism in general. The medical system is set up in a way where doctors develop a high ego because being a 'Doctor' is considered top respect and a huge achievement (which in actuality it is not.)
The medical schools keep a tight lid on the graduating number of doctors to keep being a doctor a 'safe profession' (how many doctors do you see going to the unemployment office?) There are also other glorified professions such as the majority of the MBA degrees that are nothing but uselessness that any self propelling entrepreneur can learn and do on his own (Just look at the world's richest business man, most of them don't even have a college degree!)
Unfortunately, the MBA is also making someone look good more so than their actual value, hence the need for more bailouts in the future as people are not doing real engineering and science. However this will not last very long, as people in America are getting lazier and fatter and we have stopped focusing on real innovative careers such as science and engineering (this is why majority of engineers are now 'imported' from China and India.)
However, this will lead to further population growth at an explosive rate, more competition, socialized medicine, more bailouts, etc. etc. Instead Americans need to be an example for the world, learn to challenge themselves more intellectually and physically, and start majoring in more useful careers such as science, math and engineering to develop the future instead of this type of ridiculousness!