Reclaiming childhood : letting children be children in our achievement-oriented society (Book, 2003) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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Reclaiming childhood : letting children be children in our achievement-oriented society

Author: William C Crain
Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Across the country, children are being pushed harder than ever to perform so that they will one day "make the grade" in the adult world. From overscheduled playtime and standardized tests to academic preschools and early emphasis on getting into the best colleges, the new pressures on children to achieve are enormous. But something critical is being lost. We are robbing our children of the most important cornerstone  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William C Crain
ISBN: 0805071547 9780805071542
OCLC Number: 50023583
Description: xiii, 271 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Following nature's plan: child-centered parenting in the early years --
The hcild as a dramatist --
The child as a naturalist --
The child as an artist --
The child as a poet --
The child as a linguist --
How did the future gain its grip on the modern mind? --
Questioning technology --
Responding to the standards movement: the child-centered alternative --
Parents' questions --
A child of nature: Huckleberry Finn --
Children facing school: Sally Brown and Peppermint Patty.
Responsibility: William Crain.

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Across the country, children are being pushed harder than ever to perform so that they will one day "make the grade" in the adult world. From overscheduled playtime and standardized tests to academic preschools and early emphasis on getting into the best colleges, the new pressures on children to achieve are enormous. But something critical is being lost. We are robbing our children of the most important cornerstone of their intellectual and emotional development -- time to be children. In "Reclaiming Childhood", child-development expert William Crain argues that the greatest gifts that we can bestow on our children include a strong sense of self, an enthusiasm for learning, the ability to think independently and creatively, and the confidence to explore the world. "Reclaiming Childhood" provides an important antidote to the excessive pressures on children today. -- From publisher's description.
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