Posted by: Alexandre Borovik | January 14, 2014

Give childhood back to children

An article by Peter Gray in The Independent. Full title: Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less.

A quote:

I’m lucky. I grew up in the United States in the 1950s, at the tail end of what the historian Howard Chudacoff refers to as the “golden age” of children’s free play. The need for child labour had declined greatly, decades earlier, and adults had not yet begun to take away the freedom that children had gained.

It tantalisingly hints at a possibility of analysis of socio-economic undercurrents that “take away the freedom that children had gained”.

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Responses

  1. Concerning ‘undercurrents’, do you happen to know John Taylor Gatto, The Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher’s Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling? He wrote some other daring texts, too.


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