Reclaiming Childhood

Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society

William Crain

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An expert in child development champions the importance of an unhurried childhood
As our children are pushed harder than ever to perform so that they will one day "make the grade" in the adult world, parents are beginning to question the wisdom of scheduling childhood's basic pleasures. Across the country there have been parent rebellions against the overburdening with homework of young children by school officials bent on improving standardized test scores. And the "birth to three" movement has sparked a national debate on child development and educational policy.
In Reclaiming Childhood, William C. Crain argues that rather than trying to control a young child, the best a parent can offer is "a patient and unobtrusive presence that gives the child the security and the freedom to explore the world on her own." He examines how children find their way to natural development through experiences with nature, art, and language, and makes a strong case for child-centered education-a movement that may be under fire, but that is very much alive.

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Reclaiming Childhood
CHAPTER 1Following Nature's Plan: Child-Centered Parenting in the Early YearsNEW PARENTS face many uncertainties. This is especially true in the United States and other nations that emphasize progress and change. Unlike parents in more stable, traditional societies, U.S. parents do not always feel they can turn to their own parents and grandparents for child-care advice. Instead, today's parents search for newer and better ways, looking for the latest scientific findings and approaches. But the experts aren't always in agreement, and parents can easily become confused and

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"In an age when high-stakes testing and high-stress lives dominate the headlines, William Crain reminds us evocatively of a precious, irreplaceable time-the 100,000 hours of childhood."
-Howard Gardner

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William Crain

William C. Crain, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist, author, and social activist. A professor of psychology at the City College of New York, he is the author of a major textbook in the field. His 1997 article in Montessori Life magazine, "How Nature Helps Children Develop," was a finalist in the 1998 EdPress Award for excellence in educational journalism. He lives in New York City.

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Reclaiming Childhood
Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society
William Crain

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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
February 2004
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ISBN: 9781429931892
ISBN10: 1429931892
288 pages, 22 illustrations
$7.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
February 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805075137
ISBN10: 0805075135
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages, Includes twenty-two illustrations
$19.00
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