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.
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”.